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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 4, Chapter 2 - The Language of the Marketplace.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. How, according to Bakhtin, does the current Russian literary criticism approach Rabelais' works?
(a) By reviving their content in new, twentieth-century forms.
(b) By sharing them with an eager public.
(c) By trying to correctly interpret the source of the cultural laughter within them.
(d) By denouncing them as counterproductive to the ongoing Russian Revolution.
2. Clowns and fools are:
(a) Restricted to entertaining the royal court.
(b) Prisoners forced to entertain others.
(c) Everyday representatives of the folk and of Carnival.
(d) Present only at large fairs or gatherings.
3. Why did Bakhtin feel his times were comparable to those of the Renaissance?
(a) Both eras were times of broad social change that left people unsure of how to proceed.
(b) The literatures and cultures of both eras bore a distinct resemblance.
(c) Two political leaders of the different eras were incredibly alike.
(d) The specific threat of disease was killing many people in both times.
4. Medieval parodies were:
(a) Concerned with the positive, humorous aspects of everything.
(b) Limited to religious parody.
(c) Focused on the negative aspects of society.
(d) Limited to parody of individuals.
5. Bakhtin thinks that life is:
(a) A sacrifice the soul makes to the body.
(b) Meaningless and futile.
(c) Organized by human acts of behavior and cognition.
(d) Inert, chaotic, and requiring the intervention of art.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is "man's second nature," according to Renaissance Christian doctrine?
2. What does Bakhtin find inadequate in Veselovsky's metaphor of Rabelais as a village boy?
3. What was unique about the Russian Revolution?
4. According to Bakhtin's semiotic understanding, what irony is inherent within the creative power of language?
5. Which answer best describes "grotesque realism"?
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