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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is Dr. Castel's work?
2. Why are newspaper reports optimistic?
3. What does Dr. Rieux fear?
4. Which trio of men develop a close friendship?
5. When did Tarrou's mother die?
Essay Topic 1
How important is character in this novel? Explain your views, referring closely to the text and focusing in depth on two characters.
Essay Topic 2
'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 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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