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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 society need to stop an argument from stretching into affinity?

2. What does Clamence refer to himself as?

3. What does Clamence say a woman's faithfulness feeds?

4. Who wrote Inferno?

5. What does Clamence suggests happens when he climbs to great heights?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the Dutch town.

2. In what way does the author show that Clamence is not as confident as he claims?

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

4. What is Clamence's opinions on Jesus Christ?

5. What does the little ease signify?

6. Describe Clamence's time in the foreign legion.

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

8. How does Clamence see himself?

9. How does Clamence make himself feel happy?

10. In what way is Clamence two faced?

Essay 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

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 3

What is a Judge Penitinent? In what way is it a contradiction? Why is this contradiction important to the ideas that Clamence is trying to express? What does Clamence mean when he says that modern life requires a paradox?

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