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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. Why does Rieux weep?
2. In his struggle of conscience, who does Rambert resemble?
3. What is now possible for Rambert?
4. The plague is changing in two ways. What is the first way?
5. What important experience shaped Tarrou's view of capital punishment?
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 the difference tenor and content of Fr Paneloux's new sermon, compared with that he gave at the conclusion of the Week of Prayer.
3. Which characters now volunteer as plague workers?
4. What is the reason for Rambert's decision?
5. Explain the nature of the irony in the beginning of Part 5 Chapter 3.
6. Account for Cottard's behavior in Part 5 Chapter 5.
7. What changes does the plague seem to be undergoing?
8. What do you think has led Dr. Rieux to unburden himself to Grand?
9. Explain the poignancy of Dr. Rieux's walk through the streets.
10. What is unusual about Tarrou's illness?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Compare and contrast the characters of Rambert and Rieux. In what ways do these characters develop during the course 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
Among The Plague's themes is that of moral choice. Explain what is meant by moral choice. What is moral and what is not moral in the context of the plague at Oran? There is much to admire in Rieux, Tarrou and Grand, but is it possible to sympathize at all with Cottard? Write a thoughtful reflective essay.
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