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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. In what important way has the plague changed?
2. What measures is the Prefect forced to take?
3. What sort of communication is forbidden?
4. What important information is given in the notices?
5. What is Rieux's attitude to religion and God?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the situation with plague serum?
2. What literary device does Camus use in Chapter 5 to accentuate meaning?
3. Why is news of the plague kept from the people?
4. Why is Jean Tarrou important in the story?
5. What does M. Grand reveal in Part 2 Chapter 4?
6. Which character is very persistent in Part 2 Chapter 5?
7. What is one result of the sudden closing of the city gates?
8. Who is Jean Tarrou?
9. Why have telegrams become the main means of contact ordinary people now have with the outside world?
10. How do people react to Fr. Paneloux's sermon?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Compare and contrast the characters of Rambert and Rieux. In what ways do these characters develop during the course of the novel?
Essay Topic 2
After the death of M. Othon's little boy, the men who have tried to save him are devastated and undergo a change. Choose two of the characters present at the boy's death. Describe the way the characters react at the time. In what ways are they different for the rest of the novel?
Essay Topic 3
The blurb on the cover of the Penguin Edition of The Plague (c. 1969) says that the novel 'expresses most clearly the author's basic humanitarianism'. In a detailed essay, account for this point of view.
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