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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. What does Clamence accuse the Dutch of being?

2. What does Clamence feel when the young woman kills herself?

3. What does Clamence believe his story illustrates?

4. What bridge does Clamence say he stood on in this chapter?

5. What does Clamence claim his occupation is?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is significant about the story about the motorcycle?

2. Why does Clamence say he strives to be selfless?

3. What was Clamence's role in Paris society?

4. Why does Clamence say it is easier to be closer to a dead person?

5. What is the significance of Clamence calling himself Jean-Baptiste?

6. What is Clamence's relationship with women?

7. Describe Clamence's experience on the Pont de Arts.

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

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

10. In what way does Clamence compare Amsterdam to Dante's circles of hell?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Look at the structure of the novel.

1) Discuss elements of the narrative structure; Exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the novel's themes?

2) Away from the narrator examine the way Camus uses the other characters in the story. In what way do they help Clamence get his view across to the reader?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the construction of Clamence's argument.

1) How does he introduce his ideas?

2) How does he deconstruct his ideas into a logical conclusion?

3) Are the ideas that Camus presents in his book, ideas that relate only the way Clamence lived his life or is the argument a critique of society in general?

Essay Topic 3

What is Clamence referring to when he states a death of a person brings them closer to us? Is this statement specific to his own personality or is he trying to attribute it to society in general?

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