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. To what does Tarrou compare lawyers and judges?

2. What strongly motivates Rambert's plan to escape.

3. With what does Dr. Rieux treat this patient?

4. How does Rieux encourage Tarrou?

5. What is the choice Fr Paneloux talks about in his sermon?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the reason for Rambert's decision?

3. What is the situation in the camps for people in quarantine?

4. What drastic developments are depicted in Part 3 Chapter 1?

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

6. 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.

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

8. What choice does Rambert make in Part 4 Chapter 2?

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

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

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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