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

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

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

4. During the "feast of fools" and the "feast of the ass," laughter:
(a) Was encouraged even in church.
(b) Was regulated by the town fools and farmers.
(c) Was forbidden everywhere but the marketplace.
(d) Was forbidden because of the sacredness of the festival.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Bakhtin define the novel?

2. What in particular forms the basic elements of Rabelais' novel _Gargantua_?

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

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

5. Bakhtin connects Medieval "seriousness" most closely to:

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