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. Why does Rieux ask Tarrou to do this?

2. Why is M. Grand an interesting character?

3. Who is Joseph Grand?

4. What does Grand reveal?

5. What is one aspect of the plague that Dr Rieux considers?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why have telegrams become the main means of contact ordinary people now have with the outside world?

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

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

4. As described in Chapter 7, what are the first steps taken to deal with the crisis?

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

6. What does Tarrou record about M. Othon?

7. When does the Prefect finally take action?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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