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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In what important way has the plague changed?
(a) It has become much more severe.
(b) It has changed from bubonic to pneumonic.
(c) It has changed from bubonic to harmonic.
(d) It has changed from pneumonic to bubonic.

3. How has Rieux's work-load increased?
(a) He now treats patients as well as administering a 500-bed plague hospital.
(b) He is now required to treat 100 patients per day.
(c) He has to do research to produce plague serum, treat patients and administer a hospital.
(d) He has to treat plague vistims, experiment on rats and run a 500-bed plague hospital.

4. How does the Spaniard spend his days?
(a) Counting rats.
(b) Reading.
(c) Writing a novel.
(d) Counting dried peas.

5. What does Tarrou say about Othon as a father?
(a) That he is a loving disciplinarian.
(b) That he is neglectful of his children.
(c) That he is very demanding and controlling.
(d) That he cannot control his children.

6. What methods does the character use to attain the goal or goals?
(a) Civil disobedience, sabotage and direct action.
(b) Argument and sabotage.
(c) Argument and direct action.
(d) Sabotage.

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

8. What is one result of the sealed city?
(a) People are more likely to get plague.
(b) The Prefect has a feeling of great power.
(c) People are cut off from loved ones.
(d) People are more likely to recover from plague.

9. What point is Camus making through this chapter?
(a) That human beings can cope quite well in isolation.
(b) That isolation increases human misery.
(c) That we should accept musery.
(d) That plague is incurable.

10. Who preaches the closing sermon at High Mass?
(a) The Bishop of Marseilles.
(b) Fr Paneloux.
(c) A firebrand Dominican priest.
(d) Cardinal Richelieu.

11. In what predicament does Rambert find himself?
(a) He is trapped in Oran away from his wife.
(b) He has missed out on a job as Editor of his paper.
(c) He is afraid to tell anyone he has a fever.
(d) He cannot file the news story.

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

13. What does Grand reveal?
(a) That he has a secret girlfriend.
(b) That he is in disguise.
(c) That he wrote the sermon.
(d) That he is writing a novel.

14. Who is Jean Tarrou?
(a) A railway worker.
(b) A government official.
(c) A man of independent means (comfortable income).
(d) A journalist.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What sight disturbs Rieux as he drives home?

2. Who comes with Grand to see Dr Rieux?

3. What does Dr. Rieux think about the illness?

4. How is the city situated geographically?

5. What is the main message of the closing sermon at High Mass?

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