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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 begins Clamence's dissertation on power?

2. What does Clamence smile at in this chapter?

3. What two things does Clamence claim he shares with the auditor?

4. What kind of soldier does Clamence tell a story about?

5. What does Clamence hear on the the Pont des Arts?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Clamence's relationship with women?

2. In what way does Clamence show himself to be a narcissist?

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does Clamence talk about on the walk to the hotel?

9. How does the narrator compare Amsterdam and Paris?

10. How does the narrator describe the bartender?

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

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 3

The Fall is written in the second person person. Why do you think Camus chose to write the story in the second person? How do you think the meaning of the story would of changed if it was written in the third person?

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