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 is Tarrou's response to the ideas in the High Mass sermon?

2. What sight disturbs Rieux as he drives home?

3. In what way are people allowed to communicate with those outside the city?

4. What is M. Grand's job?

5. Who is Joseph Grand?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What do you think is interesting about Grand?

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

7. In what way do you think Tarrou and Rieux are of like mind?

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

9. What does Dr. Rieux muse about in Part 1 Chapter 5?

10. Why is Cottard questioned by the police?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

How important is character in this novel? Explain your views, referring closely to the text and focusing in depth on two characters.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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