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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In what country is the story set?
(a) France.
(b) Armenia.
(c) Nigeria.
(d) Algeria.

2. What action has Dr. Rieux already taken?
(a) He has ordered supplies of anti-plague serum.
(b) He has started to manufacture anti-plague serum.
(c) He has bought a train ticket out of town.
(d) He has organised mass poisonings of rats.

3. In what city is the story set?
(a) The city of Casablanca.
(b) The city of Algiers.
(c) The city of Aran.
(d) The city of Oran.

4. How do the people of Oran react to the sermon at High Mass?
(a) It's an enthusiastic reaction.
(b) People reject it completely and become angry.
(c) People are very much in agreement.
(d) It's a mixed reaction.

5. How is the city situated geographically?
(a) It is next to delightful coastal beaches.
(b) It is dominated by mountains.
(c) It is close to a plateau.
(d) It is the middle of a plateau.

6. Why don't all sufferers have hospital treatment?
(a) Dr Rieux has quarantined them.
(b) They die before they can get to hospital.
(c) They have no transport.
(d) There are not enough beds at the hospital.

7. What is the focus in the questioning of Cottard?
(a) Cottard's wife.
(b) Cottard's suicide attempt.
(c) Dr Rieux's professional treatment.
(d) Tarrou's journal.

8. What important meeting takes place?
(a) The Prefect meets Dr. Rieux's wife.
(b) The Prefect meets with ratcatchers.
(c) The Prefect meets a committee of doctors.
(d) The Prefect meets a committee of concerned citizens.

9. What is Rieux worried about?
(a) That the disease will affect his wife.
(b) That the disease will get out of hand and kill half the population.
(c) That the people will panic.
(d) That the trains will stop running.

10. In what era is the story set?
(a) 1940s during World War II.
(b) 1916, during World War I.
(c) 1940s, shortly after World War II.
(d) During the French Revolution.

11. What is Rieux's attitude to religion and God?
(a) He believes ardently and attends Mass regularly.
(b) He believes religion is all right some of the time.
(c) He is not a believer.
(d) He is open to being converted.

12. What important change in people's behavior does Tarrou record?
(a) That nobody laughs, except drunks.
(b) That everyone laughs, especially drunks.
(c) That they are more tolerant of drunks.
(d) That they laugh at the plague.

13. What does Dr. Rieux urge the committee to do?
(a) Get rid of all rats.
(b) Avoid panicking the citizens.
(c) Inoculate the Prefect with anti-plague serum.
(d) Start public health measures as if the disease is plague.

14. What is the town's response to the Week of Prayer?
(a) People are indifferent, uninterested.
(b) They resist it, but it happens anyway.
(c) Some people attend Mass, but most party on.
(d) There is heavy attendance at Mass.

15. What sight disturbs Rieux as he drives home?
(a) A woman screaming in agony and dripping blood.
(b) People attacking a screaming woman who is covered in blood.
(c) A woman carrying a dead rat that is bleeding horribly.
(d) A woman throwing dead rats in litter bins.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where do notices about the disease appear?

2. Who must Rieux take with him when he has to evacuate a plague victim?

3. Who is also in attendance when Cottard is questioned?

4. This chapter focuses on which character in the novel?

5. After the sermon, what happens in the town?

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