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 the reason for cautious optimism in the town?

2. Why does Rieux weep?

3. What is different about Tarrou's journal at this point?

4. Why are many families not allowed to attend the funerals of loved ones?

5. How are people coping as the plague continues?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of M. Grand's struggle against the plague in Part 4 Chapter 7?

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

3. Comment on the 'reality' behind the phenomenon of the Oran people, now free of the plague, walking the streets.

4. What is unusual about Tarrou's illness?

5. In what way is Cottard shown to be different from other characters in The Plague?

6. Which characters now volunteer as plague workers?

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

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

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

10. What do you think has led Dr. Rieux to unburden himself to Grand?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The Plague depicts people coping with a terrible crisis. It is concerned with separation and loss. Choose three characters from the novel and discuss the way each of them deals with separation and loss.

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