The Stranger Test | Mid-Book 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. What does Salamano have with him when Meursault sees him in front of his apartment?

2. Whose beach house do Raymond, Meursault, and Marie visit?

3. Why is Meursault relieved about the Monday after his mother's funeral?

4. Why does a job open up in Paris with Meursault's company?

5. Where does the funeral procession travel?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Raymond and Meursault's night after they go to the police station together?

2. Whose testimony is last and how does this testimony go?

3. How does Meursault's acknowledgment that his mother's funeral was the day before affect Marie and what observations does she make regarding his treatment of his mother's death?

4. What question does the magistrate ask Meursault in which he is not satisfied with the response?

5. How does Meursault respond to the magistrate's question about whether he has anything to say in his own defense and how does the jury interpret his response?

6. After spending the night together the weekend after Meursault's first week back at work, what do Meursault and Marie talk about and what is his response?

7. Describe the fictional method of execution that Meursault designs to leave room for escape.

8. How does Meursault respond to not knowing exactly when he will be executed?

9. Describe the conversation that Meursault and Marie have about the job offer.

10. What does Meursault notice as he is led into the courtroom?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay in which you evaluate whether Meursault's decisions or forces out of his control have the most effect on his life and the outcome of the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay exploring the significance of the role that the Arab men play in the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Meursault travels to his mother's funeral at the beginning of the novel. After that, most of his movement is confined to a small area, especially in prison. Write an essay explaining how movement and lack of movement influence the character and plot development.

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