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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. For whose victory must we hope?
(a) The gods'.
(b) The politicians'.
(c) The proleteriats'.
(d) The artists'.

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

3. What is the contrast between the historical and artistic spirits, according to Camus?
(a) History aims to educate, art to expand consciousness.
(b) History is a necessary record of the past, while art is a mere bagatelle.
(c) History can be manipulated, but art never can.
(d) History's aim is tyranny, while the artist's aim is freedom.

4. With God dead, what remains?
(a) An erratic universe.
(b) Chaos and warfare.
(c) Power.
(d) History and power.

5. What technique is employed by philosophical novelists?
(a) They write with heavy didacticism.
(b) They use imagery rather than argument to convey their ideas.
(c) They use characters as mouthpieces for their philosophy.
(d) They often construct their novels as conversations.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Camus say is foreign to us today?

2. Commonly, what concerns Dostoevsky's heroes?

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

4. Where is history now to be found?

5. What common quality can be found in Kafka, Proust and Plotinus?

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