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1. What accommodations does Meursault ask his employer to make when he finds out his mother has died and how does the employer react?

When Meursault finds out that his mother has died, Meursault asks his employer to accommodate him by granting him 2 days off. The employer grants this request, but Meursault feels he does not show sympathy.

2. Describe Meursault's preparations before boarding the bus to his mother's funeral.

Before boarding the bus to his mother's funeral, Meursault eats lunch at his favorite cafe and borrows a black tie and armband from a friend.

3. Where does the caretaker of the nursing home take Meursault after his arrival and what does the caretaker offer to do in this place that Meursault refuses?

tAfter his arrival in time, The caretaker of the nursing home takes Meursault to the morgue where his mother's body is lying. The caretaker offers to lift up the lid to the coffin so that Meursault can see the body.

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