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 additional friendship has Tarrou made?

2. What is Cottard's reaction to the officials?

3. What does the Prefect order?

4. What target audience has Fr Paneloux for his special sermon?

5. Which voice is now telling the story?

Short Essay Questions

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

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. What gives the people cause for hope in Part 5 Chapter 1?

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

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

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

8. Do you think Dr. Castel's serum is likely to be of help?

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

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

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

Compare and contrast the characters of Rambert and Rieux. In what ways do these characters develop during the course of the novel?

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