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

2. What is Tarrou's response to the ideas in the High Mass sermon?
(a) He believes in collective punishment as truth.
(b) He does not believe in collective punishment.
(c) He believes the ideas are sound.
(d) He does not think the ideas are worth discussing.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What action has Dr. Rieux already taken?

2. What is the apparent result of this weather condition?

3. What does Rieux ask Jean Tarrou to do for him?

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

5. Who questions Cottard?

Short Essay Questions

1. What factors are making life stressful for Dr. Rieux?

2. What do you think is interesting about Grand?

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

4. How do people react to Fr. Paneloux's sermon?

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

6. What is the popular mood as described in Part 2 Chapter 5?

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

8. When does the Prefect finally take action?

9. Who is Joseph Grand?

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

(see the answer keys)

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