Short Essay Questions Key
1. What is the main function of the city of Oran?
Oran is concerned mainly with business and commerce. It is an ugly city without natural vegetation.
2. In what era is the story set?
The story is set in the 1940s, shortly after World War II.
3. What is Dr. Rieux worried about in Chapter 2?
Dr. Rieux is worried about his wife being ill with tuberculosis. She has to travel to another city for treatment at a sanatorium.
4. Who is Raymond Rambert?
Raymond Rambert is a young Paris journalist. His newspaper has sent him to investigate the conditions under which Arabs live in Oran.
5. Who is Jean Tarrou?
Jean Tarrou is a wealthy man (having independent means, not needing a job). Without the demands of employment, he is free to observe.
6. Why is Jean Tarrou important in the story?
Dr. Rieux turns to Tarrou to document the plague's progress and the people's responses to it.
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