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. How many times does Meursault shoot the Arab?

2. How does Meursault's attorney feel about Meursault's lack of emotion?

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

4. How do the people in the courtroom feel about what Meursault says in his own defense?

5. What does Meursault say when the magistrate asks if he has anything to say in his own defense?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. As Meursault, Marie, and Raymond travel to the bus stop, who do they see and what comes of the encounter?

4. What do Raymond, Masson, and Meursault do immediately after the knife fight on the beach?

5. How do Meursault's feelings about God and repentance compare to other people in his situation?

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

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

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

9. Who does Meursault's attorney talk to and what does he find when he investigates Meursault's background?

10. Describe what Meursault notices as he is placed in the interrogation room for the first time?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the points made about the justice system in the novel. Write an essay evaluating the critiques of the justice system in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In much of the novel, Meursault seems to be resigned to his fate. Write an essay examining the idea of fate and discussing how it is explored in the novel.

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