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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through The Myth of Sisyphus: Absurd Creation.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In what way are people's minds related?
(a) Through common beliefs and visions.
(b) Through the collective unconscious.
(c) Through common purpose.
(d) Through common contradictions.

2. What does Camus suggest happens in bad novels?
(a) There is too much emphasis on structure.
(b) Thought becomes more important than style.
(c) There is substantial over-writing, especially with descriptive passages.
(d) Dialogue is poorly written and often inappropriate to character.

3. What does Camus claim is different about his discussion of suicide?
(a) His views have been formed after conducting many interviews.
(b) He sees it as an individual matter, not purely a social one.
(c) It is easier to read than most works of philosophy.
(d) His attitude to it is more sympathetic.

4. What is a consequence of love?
(a) Marriage and children.
(b) It is impossible to assess because every relationship is different.
(c) The stronger the love, the less absurd it is.
(d) The stronger the love, the stronger the absurdity.

5. What is the legendary Faust remembered for?
(a) Killing his mistress.
(b) Living for a very long time.
(c) Selling his soul to the Devil.
(d) As an alchemist.

Short Answer Questions

1. What would be a synonym for the phrase 'fecund rumination' (p. 93 of the Penguin Edition)?

2. Who was Adrienne Lecouvreur?

3. How does a man define himself?

4. What comment does Camus make concerning suffering?

5. Why are European cemeteries hideous?

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