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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 human attitude concerns Rieux?

2. What is the apparent result of this weather condition?

3. What causes panic in the town?

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

5. Who comes with M. Joseph Grand to see Dr Rieux?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the popular mood as described in Part 2 Chapter 5?

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

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

4. Who is Joseph Grand?

5. How does the relationship between Dr. Rieux and M. Grand develop?

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

7. Why is Jean Tarrou important in the story?

8. What does Fr. Paneloux tell the people in his sermon at High Mass?

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

10. Who is Raymond Rambert?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Some people are of the opinion that the twentieth century produced no greater novel than The Plague. Why do you think people have said this? In your answer, deal with themes and characters.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the characters of Tarrou, Grand and Cottard. In what ways do these characters develop during the course of the novel? In what ways are their stories resolved?

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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