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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 drink does Clamence talk lyrically about?

2. What does Clamence see when he when he turn around?

3. What does Clamence say he was forced to remember?

4. Where does Clamence return to when he is struck?

5. Which of the following subjects does Clamence talk about as they walk?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way is Clamence two faced?

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

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

4. What is Clamence's reason for stealing a dying man's water?

5. How does the narrator describe the bartender?

6. What is a deus ex machina?

7. What does Clamence remember about Paris in chapter 5?

8. Describe the auditor

9. What is a little ease?

10. Summarize Clamence's argument?

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

Examine the relationship between the Auditor and Clamence. What are their similarities and differences? How do these differences and similarities work to form their complex relationship Camus develops? Why is it significant that the Clamence sees the Auditor as someone like himself?

Essay Topic 3

Draw comparisons between Dante's Inferno and the Fall. Why do you think Camus uses Dante as a reference point? What meaning does it give the novel?

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