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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who was Adrienne Lecouvreur?
(a) A French actress.
(b) A French composer of operetta.
(c) A French philosopher.
(d) Voltaire's mistress.

2. What has Camus to say about Kirilov's reasoning?
(a) It is rational and therefore necessary.
(b) It should be the basis of further discussion.
(c) It is absurd, but it is necessary.
(d) It is ridiculous, but must be considered.

3. Who is the hero of Metamorphosis?
(a) Michael K.
(b) Samson.
(c) Samsa.
(d) Joseph K.

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

5. What is astonishing about eternal values?
(a) They transcend cultural factors.
(b) The very fact that they exist without reference to God.
(c) That they exist at all.
(d) They survive wars and other conflicts.

6. What is the main idea in the final paragraph of the essay 'The Myth of Sisyphus'?
(a) All we can do is struggle.
(b) The struggle for achievement is enough: it is its own reward.
(c) We can't be free unless the gods allow it.
(d) No matter how hard we struggle, the gods will always win.

7. What assertions are always false?
(a) That everything is true and that everything is false.
(b) That everything is invisible and nothing is true.
(c) That humans are wise and invincible.
(d) That being is false and nothingness is inevitable.

8. What status does Camus give Sisyphus?
(a) The absurd hero.
(b) The fool.
(c) The absurd prince.
(d) The trickster.

9. What should be the response to subterfuge?
(a) We should turn to it in hope.
(b) We should be suspicious of it.
(c) We should admire it for its inventiveness.
(d) We should turn away from it.

10. What comment of Nietzsche's does Camus make reference to near the beginning of the chapter on Philosophy and Fiction?
(a) 'We have art in order not to die of the truth.'
(b) 'What does not destroy me makes me stronger.'
(c) 'Midway in life's journey we need to enter a dark wood.'
(d) 'Scattered thoughts can be both orderly and disorderly.'

11. What embodies 'a drama of the intelligence', according to Camus?
(a) A work of art.
(b) The plays of Shakespeare.
(c) A marvel of engineering.
(d) The great scientific discoveries.

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

13. What is a characteristic of wisdom?
(a) Being able to supply a rationale for any action.
(b) Living on what one has, not speculating about what one does not have.
(c) Knowing when to take things on trust, as well as when not to.
(d) Living with faith and integrity and reserving judgement.

14. What comment has Camus to make about Malraux?
(a) His thought is bracing.
(b) His thought is confusingly expressed.
(c) His thought is inspirational and pure.
(d) He is an unappreciated genius.

15. What would be a synonym for the phrase 'fecund rumination' (p. 93 of the Penguin Edition)?
(a) Productive thought.
(b) Lively imagination.
(c) Happy return.
(d) Vetinarary fees.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Camus, what is the only way Iago can be understood?

2. What temptation does Camus suggest is hardest to overcome?

3. What is indicated when melancholy arises in the human heart?

4. What are the condemned man's last words?

5. What is ridiculous about the writer who emulated Peregrinos?

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