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 does Clamence believe his story illustrates?

2. What does Clamence respect about the Dutch middle class?

3. Where does Clamence walk the auditor to?

4. What does Clamence think understanding is?

5. What does Clamence feel when the young woman kills herself?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way does chapter three mark the beginning of Clamence's fall?

2. In what way is Clamence two faced?

3. What does Clamence show himself up to be in this chapter?

4. What is Clamence's opinion on slavery?

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

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

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

8. Describe the auditor

9. Why will Clamence not cross bridges?

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

Identify the main themes of the story. Why do you think these themes are so important to the story? How does Camus use character and setting to express these themes?

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

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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