The Plague Test | Final 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 Dr. Castel's work?

2. Who receives an invitation to the sermon?

3. Why does Tarrou go home with Cottard?

4. Why does Tarrou thank Rieux?

5. Having made his decision, what must Rambert now give up?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is there a steady supply of workers taking care of burials?

2. How are local printing firms and newspapers able to profit by people's fear of the plague?

3. In what ways do Tarrou's plague symptoms first appear?

4. Account for Cottard's behavior in Part 5 Chapter 5.

5. How is it possible for Cottard to help Rambert?

6. Explain the significance of The Plague's final paragraph.

7. Has Cottard really gained from his profiteering during the plague?

8. What is the effect of the child's death upon the other characters?

9. Explain the poignancy of Dr. Rieux's walk through the streets.

10. What changes does the plague seem to be undergoing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Imagine that you are a member of a school board. Some of the board members wish to remove The Plague by Albert Camus from the school district's reading program as they claim it is too depressing for students and is, furthermore, anti-Christian. Compose the speech you will deliver to defend teaching the novel. What does it contain that is of value to American students?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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