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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. Medieval parodies were:
(a) Limited to parody of individuals.
(b) Concerned with the positive, humorous aspects of everything.
(c) Limited to religious parody.
(d) Focused on the negative aspects of society.

2. How are Bakhtin and Rabelais similar?
(a) They both directly challenge the government by running for political office.
(b) They both subvert the social prohibition on laughter, satire, and irony.
(c) They both write mostly novels.
(d) They live in the same country.

3. What repressive organization was Bakhtin forced to join in order to continue writing?
(a) The Russian Union of Writers.
(b) The Post-Revolution Press
(c) The Soviet Society of National Fiction.
(d) The National Writers' Agency.

4. What does Bakhtin find to be the greatest error other critics make in their studies of Rabelais' works?
(a) They read Rabelais' works as allegory only.
(b) They neglect to explore the element of the Renaissance folk culture.
(c) They classify Rabelais as just as important as Shakespeare and Cervantes.
(d) They treat Rabelais as a prophet of literary upheavals.

5. What do some critics argue has been absent from Russian literature?
(a) Sexually-charged dialogue.
(b) Religious fervor.
(c) A particularly Western type of humor.
(d) Political dissent.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did the French Romanticists respond to Rabelais' works?

2. Mikhail Bakhtin is:

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

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

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

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