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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. The purpose of "travesty" in folk festivals was to:
(a) Irreversibly denigrate everything it could.
(b) Indicate the importance of travel to an individual's self-development.
(c) Call upon something serious and make it amusing.
(d) Reassert traditional definitions of social and spiritual life.

2. According to Bakhtin's semiotic understanding, what irony is inherent within the creative power of language?
(a) All languages are one.
(b) Language does not actually express anything.
(c) The individual expresses him- or herself only through the words of others.
(d) No word can actually ever be defined.

3. When did the Russian Revolution occur?
(a) 1945.
(b) 1936.
(c) 1917.
(d) 1850.

4. Carnival allowed:
(a) The mixing of real and unreal, fantasy and fact.
(b) The peasants to sell their crops without paying taxes.
(c) The upper class to oppress relentlessly the lower class.
(d) The endurance of the propriety expected of all social classes.

5. What in particular forms the basic elements of Rabelais' novel _Gargantua_?
(a) Autobiographical observations of Rabelais' own life.
(b) Historical allusions.
(c) Predictions of the future.
(d) Classical myths.

Short Answer Questions

1. After Rabelais' time, the use of laughter in literature and culture moved in which direction?

2. Bakhtin thinks that life is:

3. During the "feast of fools" and the "feast of the ass," laughter:

4. How are Bakhtin and Rabelais similar?

5. What do some critics argue has been absent from Russian literature?

(see the answer key)

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