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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 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

'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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the characters of Rambert and Rieux. In what ways do these characters develop during the course of the novel?

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