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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 claim he used to act as an advocate for?

2. What does Clamence say we owe the dead?

3. Which of the following terms does Clamence use to describe the auditor?

4. What would Clamence's cards read?

5. What does Clamence claim his occupation is?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way is Clamence two faced?

2. How does the narrator compare Amsterdam and Paris?

3. Describe the auditor

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

5. What is Clamence's relationship with women?

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

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

8. What is a Sadducee?

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

10. Why will Clamence not cross bridges?

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 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 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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