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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 refer to his new companion as?

2. What bridge does Clamence say he stood on in this chapter?

3. What does the narrator call the barman?

4. What does Clamence say he is doomed to?

5. Who wrote Inferno?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the narrator compare Amsterdam and Paris?

2. Describe the auditor

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

4. What does Clamence talk about on the walk to the hotel?

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

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

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

8. Describe the Mexico City bar.

9. What do Clamence and his new companion represent?

10. What does Clamence say his sign would be?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine monologue. How does Camus develop characterization, plot and themes through the use of monologue. What meaning would the novel lose if it was written in ordinary prose?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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