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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. In which twentieth-century movement was the grotesque especially evident?
(a) Impressionism.
(b) Expressionism.
(c) Modernism.
(d) Futurism.

2. Mikhail Bakhtin is:
(a) A somewhat mysterious but increasingly interesting literary figure.
(b) The most famous Russian writer ever.
(c) A fictional figure created to be the mouthpiece of an anonymous author.
(d) A vocal Eastern Orthodox cleric.

3. What does Bakhtin argue is the role of dialogue?
(a) To give one character a strong voice.
(b) To demonstrate thinking out loud.
(c) To oppose the authoritarian word.
(d) To move the plot along.

4. After Rabelais' time, the use of laughter in literature and culture moved in which direction?
(a) From accepted to encouraged.
(b) From singular to universal.
(c) From universal to restricted.
(d) From spiritual to earthly.

5. How, according to Bakhtin, does the current Russian literary criticism approach Rabelais' works?
(a) By denouncing them as counterproductive to the ongoing Russian Revolution.
(b) By reviving their content in new, twentieth-century forms.
(c) By sharing them with an eager public.
(d) By trying to correctly interpret the source of the cultural laughter within them.

Short Answer Questions

1. What repressive organization was Bakhtin forced to join in order to continue writing?

2. How did Rabelais obtain the material for his writings?

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

4. Which answer best describes "grotesque realism"?

5. What do Rabelais' various works indicate about the popular notion of urination?

(see the answer key)

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