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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. Which word best describes Clamence?

2. What does Clamence tell his companion to take advantage of?

3. What is the name of the bar?

4. What does society need to stop an argument from stretching into affinity?

5. What kind of soldier does Clamence tell a story about?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Clamence see himself?

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

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

4. What is Clamence's opinion on slavery?

5. In what way does the author show that Clamence is not as confident as he claims?

6. What is a Sadducee?

7. Why will Clamence not cross bridges?

8. What does Clamence say his sign would be?

9. In what way is Clamence two faced?

10. What was Clamence's role in Paris society?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

What is Clamence referring to when he states a death of a person brings them closer to us? Is this statement specific to his own personality or is he trying to attribute it to society in general?

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