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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 Dr. Rieux confess?
2. What is the prime factor in his decision?
3. What was Tarrou's father's occupation?
4. What seems to be an important factor in the reduction of plague deaths?
5. In his struggle of conscience, who does Rambert resemble?
Short Essay Questions
1. How can we tell that Tarrou is a force for good in the town?
2. How are local printing firms and newspapers able to profit by people's fear of the plague?
3. 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.
4. In Part 4 Chapter 3, what is the situation regarding the plague serum?
5. Comment on the 'reality' behind the phenomenon of the Oran people, now free of the plague, walking the streets.
6. What is unusual about Tarrou's illness?
7. What sort of man was Jean Tarrou's father?
8. What is the significance of M. Grand's struggle against the plague in Part 4 Chapter 7?
9. What is the reason for Rambert's decision?
10. What drastic developments are depicted in Part 3 Chapter 1?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
'Camus' novel The Plague shows us a hero who isn't exactly heroic.' Do you agree or disagree? What is the conventional idea of 'the hero' and does Dr. Rieux fit in with that idea? Discuss the kinds of heroism depicted in the novel.
Essay Topic 2
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 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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