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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. After the sermon, what happens in the town?
(a) People panic.
(b) People couldn't care less.
(c) People go back to work.
(d) People are motivated to help the plague victims.

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

5. With what does Rieux contrast pictures of the plague through history?
(a) Cottard's predicament.
(b) A photograph of his wife.
(c) Pictures of Oran's parks and gardens.
(d) The tranquil and beautiful spring day.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In what era is the story set?

3. What is one result of the sealed city?

4. What is the focus in the questioning of Cottard?

5. Where is this information to be found?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Joseph Grand?

2. What literary device does Camus use in Chapter 5 to accentuate meaning?

3. Why have telegrams become the main means of contact ordinary people now have with the outside world?

4. What does Dr. Rieux muse about in Part 1 Chapter 5?

5. What is the situation with plague serum?

6. How does the relationship between Dr. Rieux and M. Grand develop?

7. In what way do you think Tarrou and Rieux are of like mind?

8. Which character is very persistent in Part 2 Chapter 5?

9. In Part 2 Chapter 3, what measure is taken by the town leaders?

10. What is one result of the sudden closing of the city gates?

(see the answer keys)

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