The Fall Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 phrase does Clamence use to describe his fall?

2. What does Clamence compare Amsterdam's canals to?

3. What two passions do Parisians have?

4. How does Clamence show his power when it comes to women?

5. What does Clamence refer to his new companion as?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why will Clamence not cross bridges?

2. Summarize the story about the motorcycle Clamence tells in chapter 3?

3. In what way is Clamence two faced?

4. What is Clamence's relationship with women?

5. Why does Clamence say he strives to be selfless?

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

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

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

9. What is Clamence's opinion on slavery?

10. Why does Clamence say it is easier to be closer to a dead person?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Examine the following statement: The Fall is reacts against existentialism rather than supporting it. Using examples from the book write an essay either for or against the statement.

Essay Topic 3

What are the difference between Dutch and French cultures. In what way is it significant that Camus uses these two countries to shape Clamence's ideas? Choose two different countries and discuss how the novel would change if these two countries were used instead of Holland and France.

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