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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Clamence gesture to in the bar?

2. What would Clamence's cards read?

3. What question does the first line of this chapter ask?

4. Where does Clamence say he is obliged to live?

5. What does Clamence smile at in this chapter?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why will Clamence not cross bridges?

2. What does Clamence show himself up to be in this chapter?

3. In what way is Clamence similar to the criminals he once defended?

4. In what way does chapter three mark the beginning of Clamence's fall?

5. What is a deus ex machina?

6. How does the narrator describe the bartender?

7. How is Clamence's role as a deus ex machina an accurate metaphor for his work with the demoralized criminals of Paris?

8. What does Clamence say his sign would be?

9. How does the laugh Clamence heard on the bridge affect his life?

10. Summarize the story about the motorcycle Clamence tells in chapter 3?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify the main themes of the story. Why do you think these themes are so important to the story? How does Camus use character and setting to express these themes?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the role of the outsider in society. Why are so many philosophers and commentators in society thought of as outsiders? In what what way can outsiders see things differently to the majority? Why is their opinion seen as so valid? if it easier for an outsider like Clamence to recognize problems in society?

Essay Topic 3

What are the difference between Dutch and French cultures. In what way is it significant that Camus uses these two countries to shape Clamence's ideas? Choose two different countries and discuss how the novel would change if these two countries were used instead of Holland and France.

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