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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 reason does Grand give for his problem?

2. What is the town's response to the Week of Prayer?

3. In what predicament does Rambert find himself?

4. What is Fr Paneloux's religious order?

5. How do people express their feelings after the sermon?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In what ways do Tarrou's plague symptoms first appear?

3. Has Cottard really gained from his profiteering during the plague?

4. Why cannot jubilation be complete at this point (Part 5 Chapter 1)?

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

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

7. Account for the difference tenor and content of Fr Paneloux's new sermon, compared with that he gave at the conclusion of the Week of Prayer.

8. How are local printing firms and newspapers able to profit by people's fear of the plague?

9. What changes does the plague seem to be undergoing?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Weather conditions in Oran are frequently described at important points in the novel. Examine the ways three of these are connected emotionally or thematically with the action and/or characters in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Usually in a novel there is a network of conflict between characters. While some of this happens in The Plague (think of Rambert's efforts to escape the city), it is minimal. What is the source of conflict in The Plague? Is it internal, external or a combination? How does this conflict arise and how is it worked out?

Essay Topic 3

'The Plague shows us love, loyalty and heroic selflessness.' Discuss with close reference to three characters.

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