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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 is the only language the bartender speaks?

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

3. What two passions do Parisians have?

4. What is an example of the use of power Clamence talks about?

5. What type of drink do the men have?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Clamence call attention to the quaintness of Amsterdam?

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

3. What does the boat in the fifth chapter represent?

4. Describe the Mexico City bar.

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

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

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

8. What do Clamence and his new companion represent?

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

10. How does Clamence make himself feel happy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Camus' life. In what way do you think his life and personality is reflected in the book?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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