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

2. Comic rituals in Medieval and Renaissance Europe were:
(a) Taboo in all settings but the royal court.
(b) All that which linked the living to the dead.
(c) Necessary to mercantile transactions.
(d) Freed of the trappings of religious dogma and mysticism.

3. Why did Bakhtin feel his times were comparable to those of the Renaissance?
(a) The specific threat of disease was killing many people in both times.
(b) Both eras were times of broad social change that left people unsure of how to proceed.
(c) Two political leaders of the different eras were incredibly alike.
(d) The literatures and cultures of both eras bore a distinct resemblance.

4. How did the French Romanticists respond to Rabelais' works?
(a) With disgust and negative criticism.
(b) With an appreciation of, and interest in, the grotesque.
(c) They ignored Rabelais completely.
(d) With complete understanding of Medieval and Renaissance culture.

5. With what is "folk culture" most concerned?
(a) Foreign songs, art, and stories.
(b) Commerce and industry.
(c) The affairs of royalty.
(d) The lives of ordinary people.

Short Answer Questions

1. Medieval parodies were:

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

3. Mikhail Bakhtin is:

4. In the seventeenth century, the decline of laughter as a primary force in folk culture resulted from:

5. When the grotesque was revived in the Romantic era, what did it react against?

(see the answer key)

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