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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Helen's Exile.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Camus say is foreign to us today?
(a) A sense of fair play.
(b) The guiles and temptations of Calypso.
(c) Compassion.
(d) The simple nobility of Ulysses.

2. In what way is the Ancient Greek idea of justice different from the modern European?
(a) The Ancient Greeks used ostracism; Europeans use execution.
(b) The Greeks were concerned with limitation, but for modern Europeans justice is seen as something total.
(c) For the Ancient Greeks, punishment could be meted out by the gods; Europeans use the courts of law.
(d) The Greeks believed in divine inspiration to set limits; Europeans rely on committees.

3. In what ways are the thinker and the artist alike?
(a) Both have a desire to influence the minds of others.
(b) Both thinker and artist have commitment and become themselves in their work.
(c) Both have a tendency to reject expressionism.
(d) Both have total commitment to success.

4. What comment does Camus make about Greek thought?
(a) It took too little account of feelings.
(b) It wasn't balanced.
(c) It never carried things to extremes.
(d) It could be our inspiration, if translated.

5. Where is history now to be found?
(a) In books.
(b) In archival collections held by governments.
(c) In the streets.
(d) In libraries.

Short Answer Questions

1. What comment of Nietzsche's does Camus make reference to near the beginning of the chapter on Philosophy and Fiction?

2. Which novel deals with a soul in quest of grace?

3. How is Oedipus' fate announced?

4. With God dead, what remains?

5. Why is it necessary to read a Kafka work twice?

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