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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 Cottard give for his suicide attempt?

2. In what important way has the plague changed?

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

4. What important meeting takes place?

5. Who must Rieux take with him when he has to evacuate a plague victim?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Jean Tarrou?

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

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

5. What is one result of the sudden closing of the city gates?

6. What does Tarrou record about M. Othon?

7. What is the situation with plague serum?

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

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

10. What does M. Grand reveal in Part 2 Chapter 4?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

'Camus' novel The Plague shows us a hero who isn't exactly heroic.' Do you agree or disagree? What is the conventional idea of 'the hero' and does Dr. Rieux fit in with that idea? Discuss the kinds of heroism depicted in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Compare and contrast the characters of Tarrou, Grand and Cottard. In what ways do these characters develop during the course of the novel? In what ways are their stories resolved?

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