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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 kind of problem does Clamence confess to?

2. What phrase does Clamence use to describe his fall?

3. What does Clamence want the auditor's sign to summarize?

4. What nationality are the two men?

5. What does the burglar require from Clamence?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Clamence see himself?

2. How does the laugh Clamence heard on the bridge affect his life?

3. What is Clamence's relationship with women?

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

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

6. Why will Clamence not cross bridges?

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

8. Describe the auditor

9. What is a deus ex machina?

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

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

What is Clamence referring to when he states without the strict dynamic of master and servant, any argument could stretch into affinity? Can the view be attribute to today's society or is such a view specific to the 1950s? Why would any argument stretch into affinity?

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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