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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is NOT a symptom of the plague?
(a) Delerium.
(b) Fear of water (hydrophobia).
(c) Extreme thirst.
(d) Buboes.

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

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

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

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

6. 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.

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

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

9. What causes panic in the town?
(a) The number of rat deaths.
(b) The plague of rats.
(c) The number of people dying from plague.
(d) A possible attack from Germany.

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

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

12. Where do notices about the disease appear?
(a) In cinema advertisements.
(b) In magazines, posters and conema advertising.
(c) In newspapers and on posters.
(d) By direct mail put through letter-boxes.

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

14. Who makes the order to close the town?
(a) M. Othon.
(b) The Prefect.
(c) The French President.
(d) Dr. Rieux.

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do people find out about the plague death rate?

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. What does Dr. Rieux think about the illness?

5. Why does Rieux ask Tarrou to do this?

(see the answer keys)

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