The Stranger Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. When he is led back into the courtroom, what does Meursault notice?

2. What is Meursault looking for when he finds the Arab man lying near the water?

3. When Meursault tells the guard about the things that he misses, what does the guard say?

4. How does Meursault answer the question of why he hesitated before firing four more shots into the Arab's body?

5. What blinds Meursault before he shoots the Arab?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay in which you examine the juxtaposition of life and death in the novel. How are these two themes used? Do the discussion of these themes produce similar or different results?

Essay Topic 3

Select one character from the novel other than Meursault. Then, compare and contrast the character with Meursault. What are the similarities and differences in mannerism, action, emotion, thought, and so on?

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