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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why are people seeking pleasure?
(a) It's a response to harsh new laws.
(b) They are careless.
(c) It's a response to their lives being in danger.
(d) They are rebelling against the church.

2. Why is Rieux called out to treat M. Cottard?
(a) M. Cottard has suffered a fit.
(b) M. Cottard has attempted to hang himself.
(c) M. Cottard has slashed his wrists.
(d) M. Cottard has pneumonia.

3. What does Dr. Rieux think about the illness?
(a) He thinks it is tuberculosis.
(b) He thinks it is asthma.
(c) He thinks it is an unknown disease.
(d) He thinks it is plague.

4. What is M. Grand's job?
(a) He is a clerk at the hospital.
(b) He is a bank manager.
(c) He is a clerk in the Municipal Office.
(d) He is Manager at the Municipal Office.

5. In what way are people allowed to communicate with those outside the city?
(a) Mobile phones.
(b) Telegram.
(c) They are not allowed to communicate at all.
(d) Carrier pigeons.

6. How do people express their feelings after the sermon?
(a) There is an open forum where people can debate the issues.
(b) People line up to volunteer to help their fellow citizens.
(c) There is violence and many people try to escape.
(d) There are huge numbers of letters to the editor of the local paper.

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

8. An unusual thing about the city is that:
(a) It is famous for its plants and animals.
(b) Everybody has a garden.
(c) It has abundant water.
(d) It has no native plants or animals.

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

10. What else does Dr Rieux muse about in relation to the plague?
(a) Its symptoms/manifestations.
(b) Its use as a biological weapon.
(c) Its power.
(d) Its geography.

11. The narrator tells us that the city is:
(a) Boring.
(b) Exciting and vibrant.
(c) Modern.
(d) Needs better design.

12. How do people find out about the plague death rate?
(a) On television.
(b) Via radio broadcasts.
(c) By reading the newspapers.
(d) By word of mouth.

13. What is one aspect of the plague that Dr Rieux considers?
(a) Its history.
(b) Its future.
(c) Its cure.
(d) Its treatment.

14. By what means do influential town leaders hope to resist the plague?
(a) Inoculating the population.
(b) Organising a Week of Sacrifice.
(c) Disinfecting the streets.
(d) Organising a Week of Prayer.

15. What does Rieux ask Jean Tarrou to do for him?
(a) To write to his wife for him.
(b) To provide funding for treating plague victims.
(c) To write a journal documenting the plague.
(d) To write to the local authorities about the rats.

Short Answer Questions

1. What interesting character enters the novel at this point?

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

3. What weather conditions set in after the sermon?

4. What creative problem does Grand have?

5. Where do notices about the disease appear?

(see the answer keys)

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