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

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

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

4. Bakhtin believes that novels are:
(a) Socially charged and polemical.
(b) Random, like stream-of-consciousness.
(c) Inherently confessional.
(d) Utterly separate from the author's own life.

5. During Bakhtin's time, what genre was being closely defined by the Soviet government?
(a) The epic poem.
(b) The biography.
(c) The novel.
(d) The lyric.

Short Answer Questions

1. In which twentieth-century movement was the grotesque especially evident?

2. Medieval parodies were:

3. Clowns and fools are:

4. What was the reception of Rabelais' work in the eighteenth century?

5. What does the "form" of any kind of art express?

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