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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 smile at in this chapter?

2. What does Clamence claim a servant should serve with?

3. Which word best describes Clamence?

4. What does Clamence ask the auditor to bestow upon himself?

5. What does Clamence say his own sign would look like?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Clamence and his new companion represent?

2. In what way does Clamence compare Amsterdam to Dante's circles of hell?

3. Describe the auditor

4. Why will Clamence not cross bridges?

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

6. Describe Clamence's experience on the Pont de Arts.

7. In what way is Clamence two faced?

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

9. What does Clamence say his sign would be?

10. How does the narrator compare Amsterdam and Paris?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss whether you think this statement is true or false: The Fall foreshadows the loss of religious belief in the western world Use two examples from the novel to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

Examine Clamence's character. What is his objective is? What is his conflict? Take what you know about Clamence and write what kind of life you think he would have in today's society. How would his good and bad points translate into today's society?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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