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. Which character cannot be saved by the serum?

2. What does the Prefect order?

3. How does Rieux find out about his wife's condition?

4. What was Tarrou's father's occupation?

5. Where is Grand taken for treatment?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Comment on the change in M. Othon.

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

7. What is Tarrou's philosophy?

8. What is unusual about Tarrou's illness?

9. Why cannot jubilation be complete at this point (Part 5 Chapter 1)?

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

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

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 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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