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. In what predicament does Rambert find himself?

2. What action does the Prefect take?

3. What sight disturbs Rieux as he drives home?

4. Who volunteers to help Rieux?

5. What human attitude concerns Rieux?

Short Essay Questions

1. When does the Prefect finally take action?

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

3. What does Tarrou record about M. Othon?

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

5. What is the situation with plague serum?

6. Why is Jean Tarrou important in the story?

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

8. What is Dr. Rieux worried about in Chapter 2?

9. Who is Raymond Rambert?

10. Why is Cottard questioned by the police?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, Dr. Rieux has had to deal with scarcely imaginable tragedy in the wider community. At the very end, when he reasonably expected to return to a normal life, he is hit with personal trady in the deaths of his friend Tarrou and then of his beloved wife. Why is Rieux able to survive all this? What ideas and attitudes does the character of Dr. Rieux symbolise? What does he show to us about the human spirit? Write a thoughtful, detailed essay drawing on the novel as a whole.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Choose two characters from the novel, one appealing, the other not so. Compare and contrast these two characters, referring closely to the text.

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