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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What sort of communication is forbidden?
(a) Writing or receiving letters.
(b) Kissing and embracing in the street.
(c) Making audio tapes.
(d) Sending telegrams.

4. To whom does Rieux disclose that the apris serum is not ideally effective?
(a) Grand.
(b) His wife.
(c) Rambert.
(d) His mother.

5. What reason does Grand give for his problem?
(a) He has become bored with the whole thing.
(b) He is not satisfied with the paper he is using.
(c) He is not satisfied with the words.
(d) He is not satisfied with his ideas.

6. Who questions Cottard?
(a) Inspector Clouseau.
(b) M. Tarrou.
(c) The police inspector.
(d) A public health official.

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

8. Who is the first victim of the plague?
(a) The concierge in Dr. Rieux's apartment building.
(b) A railway porter.
(c) The Spaniard.
(d) M. Cottard.

9. This chapter focuses on which character in the novel?
(a) Tarrou.
(b) Rambert.
(c) Othon.
(d) Rieux.

10. Why are the townspeople not told the disease is plague?
(a) The authorities fear a panic will result.
(b) Inspector Clouseau has arrived.
(c) Dr Rieux is panicking.
(d) The authorities are not sure that the disease is.

11. 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 plague is incurable.
(d) That we should accept musery.

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

13. What is the main message of the closing sermon at High Mass?
(a) God no longer cares about humanity.
(b) God is love.
(c) God has sent the plague to force people to repent.
(d) People smoke and drink too much.

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

15. What reason does Cottard give for his suicide attempt?
(a) 'A secret grief.'
(b) 'A silent grief.'
(c) 'A grief observed.'
(d) 'A delayed grief.'

Short Answer Questions

1. With what does Rieux contrast pictures of the plague through history?

2. How has Rieux's work-load increased?

3. Where do notices about the disease appear?

4. What else does Dr Rieux muse about in relation to the plague?

5. Why don't all sufferers have hospital treatment?

(see the answer keys)

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