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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 claim a servant should serve with?

2. What does Clamence say he is constantly attached to?

3. What nationality are the two men?

4. How did Clamence get across bridges after he heard the laugh?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the Just Judges painting?

2. How does Clamence lose his title of pope?

3. What is a spitting cell?

4. What is Clamence's opinion on the Dutch?

5. How does Greece contrast with Paris?

6. How does Clamence decide to add excitement to his life in chapter 5?

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

8. How does Clament change when he begins to fear judgment?

9. What does Clamence say is the goal of living?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Examine translations. Do you think think a translator has to know about a country as well as the language to translate a book effectively? What do you think The Fall loses in its translation? In what way would you get more out of a book by reading it in its original translation?

Essay Topic 3

Examine the novel's chronological setting.

1) What were the main concerns during the 1950s? How does Camus express these concerns?

2) In what ways do you think the novels meaning would change if it was set in today's society?

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