The Plague Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What does Tarrou say about Othon as a father?

2. With what does Rieux contrast pictures of the plague through history?

3. How do the people of Oran react to the sermon at High Mass?

4. What point is Camus making through this chapter?

5. In what important way has the plague changed?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Cottard questioned by the police?

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

4. What is the main function of the city of Oran?

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

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

7. Who is Jean Tarrou?

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

9. How does the heatwave further discourage the citizens of Oran?

10. What does Tarrou record about M. Othon?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Plague includes conflict between certain ideologies and world views. For example, between those who do not believe in Christianity (like Dr. Rieux) and those who do. There is also action that represents the conflict between the interests of the individual and those of society. Select an area of ideological conflict that interests you and discuss the way this is represented in The Plague. Is the conflict resolved?

Essay Topic 2

The Plague depicts people coping with a terrible crisis. It is concerned with separation and loss. Choose three characters from the novel and discuss the way each of them deals with separation and loss.

Essay Topic 3

'The Plague shows us the way people deal with adversity.' People's responses to adversity are affected by their strength of character, or the lack thereof, as well as their outlook on life. Examine the popular responses to the plague situation and compare these with Dr. Rieux's.

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