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

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

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

4. What is Fr Paneloux's special area of expertise?
(a) He's a skilled counsellor.
(b) He's a noted church organist.
(c) He's famous for his sermons.
(d) He's an expert on ancient inscriptions.

5. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who questions Cottard?

2. Who volunteers to help Rieux?

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

4. What is one aspect of the plague that Dr Rieux considers?

5. What reason does Grand give for his problem?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Jean Tarrou important in the story?

2. Why is news of the plague kept from the people?

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

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

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

6. What does Fr. Paneloux tell the people in his sermon at High Mass?

7. What does Tarrou record about M. Othon?

8. What is the problem about the announcements being made about the disease?

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

10. Who is Joseph Grand?

(see the answer keys)

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