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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 3, Intro. cont. & Chapter 1 - Rabelais in the History of Laughter.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was unique about the Russian Revolution?
(a) People of all classes and occupations were centrally involved.
(b) Only the elite class was involved.
(c) It was purely a religious revolt.
(d) It continues into the present day.

2. Bakhtin connects Medieval "seriousness" most closely to:
(a) Feasting, spectacles, and sex.
(b) Scholarly activities.
(c) Inspiration and hope.
(d) Fear, weakness, and violence.

3. What was the reception of Rabelais' work in the eighteenth century?
(a) Other writers strove to emulate his style.
(b) His work was viewed as a revival of Classical writing.
(c) His work was viewed as unintelligible and barbaric.
(d) Other writers used his topics as a jumping-off point for their own works.

4. Which answer best describes "grotesque realism"?
(a) The tone of the writing is always dark, Gothic, and depressing.
(b) The author's focus must be on bodily gore, blood, death, and dying.
(c) The bodily element is universal, celebratory, positive, and exaggerated.
(d) The writing must strive to be as mathematically or geometrically accurate as possible in its descriptions.

5. What does Bakhtin argue is the role of dialogue?
(a) To oppose the authoritarian word.
(b) To move the plot along.
(c) To demonstrate thinking out loud.
(d) To give one character a strong voice.

Short Answer Questions

1. During Bakhtin's time, what genre was being closely defined by the Soviet government?

2. Mikhail Bakhtin is:

3. What does Bakhtin find to be the greatest error other critics make in their studies of Rabelais' works?

4. With what is "folk culture" most concerned?

5. What is "man's second nature," according to Renaissance Christian doctrine?

(see the answer key)

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