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The Plague Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz 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

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.

The Plague contains few female characters, yet while they might be 'off stage' women are important to the men who are the novel's main characters. In an essay, show how the minds and actions of Rieux, Rambert and Grand are influenced by the women they love.

In your own words, describe the setting of the city of Oran. Do you think this setting is an appropriate one for Camus' novel? Why or why not?

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