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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Camus see as an almost inevitable companion to passion?
(a) Conception.
(b) Bliss.
(c) Murder.
(d) Struggle.

2. What information do we have about Sisyphus in the underworld?
(a) That he pursued La Belle Helene.
(b) That he stole Pluto's wine.
(c) That he fought Orpheus over Eurydice.
(d) Nothing.

3. According to Camus, what is important about the idea that actions have consequences?
(a) It is the principle behind all systems of morality.
(b) It is the basis of the legal system in Muslim countries.
(c) It is a basic principle of child rearing.
(d) It is a basic principle in what is known as 'brain-washing'.

4. What kind of thought is involved in the absurd?
(a) Creative.
(b) Lateral.
(c) Rational.
(d) Contradictory.

5. What were the consequences of Sisyphus putting Death in chains?
(a) Pluto took Medea hostage.
(b) Pluto's empire became deserted and silent.
(c) People partied continuously because Death never visited them.
(d) Death took a terrible revenge.

6. What phenomenon can humans have no experience of?
(a) Mind.
(b) True empathy.
(c) Karma.
(d) Death.

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

8. Which famous Frenchwoman was self-reliant?
(a) Madame La Guillotine.
(b) Madame Roland.
(c) Madame Bovary.
(d) Violetta Valery

9. Who liberated Death?
(a) Eurydice.
(b) The god of war.
(c) Persephone.
(d) The messenger of the gods.

10. In The Castle, what is significant about the character Amalia?
(a) She is pregnant.
(b) She is meant to be a representation of Helen of Troy.
(c) She is a dwarf.
(d) She is the only character without hope.

11. What temptation does Camus suggest is hardest to overcome?
(a) The temptation to commit suicide.
(b) The temptation to love.
(c) The temptation to be absurdy sentimental.
(d) The temptation to explain.

12. Why are European cemeteries hideous?
(a) They are not maintained properly.
(b) Only poor art-work and sculpture is used.
(c) People beautify what they love, not what they hate--and they hate death.
(d) They are badly planned.

13. What is ridiculous about the writer who emulated Peregrinos?
(a) The writer suicided so his book would be noticed, but the book was no good.
(b) He tried to commit suicide by drowning in the Seine, but could not sink.
(c) The writer suicided in despair and his relatives benefited hugely from the royalties.
(d) He thought the name would make him a great travel writer, but he failed.

14. According to Camus, what makes the myth of Sisyphus tragic?
(a) The presence of The Furies.
(b) He has been a plaything of the gods.
(c) The hero is conscious of his situation.
(d) The hero has received unjust punishment.

15. What 'two worlds' does Kafka present in his novels?
(a) Everyday life and supernatural anxiety.
(b) Anxiety and the absurd.
(c) Everyday life and transcendent ecstasy.
(d) The absurd and the prosaic.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the legendary Faust remembered for?

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

3. Which art and science have close affinity?

4. In what way is a modern worker similar to Sisyphus?

5. How are myths given life?

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