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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 problem has the Prefect to deal with, making his job harder?

2. With what does Rieux contrast pictures of the plague through history?

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

4. What causes panic in the town?

5. This chapter focuses on which character in the novel?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Dr. Rieux worried about in Chapter 2?

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

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

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

5. Why is Cottard questioned by the police?

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

7. Why is Jean Tarrou important in the story?

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

9. What do you think is interesting about Grand?

10. What is the situation with plague serum?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

'The Plague shows us the way people deal with adversity.' People's responses to adversity are affected by their strength of character, or the lack thereof, as well as their outlook on life. Examine the popular responses to the plague situation and compare these with Dr. Rieux's.

Essay Topic 2

Among The Plague's themes is that of moral choice. Explain what is meant by moral choice. What is moral and what is not moral in the context of the plague at Oran? There is much to admire in Rieux, Tarrou and Grand, but is it possible to sympathize at all with Cottard? Write a thoughtful reflective essay.

Essay Topic 3

After the death of M. Othon's little boy, the men who have tried to save him are devastated and undergo a change. Choose two of the characters present at the boy's death. Describe the way the characters react at the time. In what ways are they different for the rest of the novel?

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