The Stranger Test | Final 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. Of what implications of his actions does Meursault seem most aware?

2. While Raymond, Meursault, and Masson are walking, who slashes Raymond on his arms and lips with a knife?

3. On the day of his trial, where is Meursault taken in handcuffs?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the jury's findings in the case and what is the sentence?

2. Describe Meursault's realization about punishment.

3. What does the magistrate question Meursault about and what is Meursault's answer?

4. What can Meursault see outside his prison cell?

5. As the trial progresses, how does Meursault handle the trial and why?

6. What does Meursault miss in prison and what does the guard have to say about this?

7. 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?

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

9. Describe the events surrounding Meursault's killing of the Arab.

10. What is Meursault's mindset by the time Marie comes to visit him and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Select a physical setting from the novel, for example the cafe, the beach, etc. Then, explore the significance of the setting. How do the details of this setting contribute to plot and/or character development?

Essay Topic 2

Meursault encounters many different characters during the novel. Which of these characters do you think has the most influence on him? On whom do you think he has the most influence? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Select a character from the novel. Then write an essay in which you evaluate whether the character is portrayed consistently.

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