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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What quality does Camus call 'the fatal evasion'?
(a) Mendacity.
(b) Hope.
(c) Despair.
(d) Faith.

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

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

5. What important factor limits human freedom?
(a) Time.
(b) Frailty.
(c) Physical movement.
(d) His absurd nature.

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

7. What is important about an actor's fame?
(a) Its illusory nature.
(b) The problem of paparazzi.
(c) Its fleeting nature.
(d) Ultimately it brings displeasure.

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

9. Why did the gods view Sisyphus' punishment as particularly dreadful?
(a) It involved futile and hopeless labor.
(b) It involved immense pain.
(c) It was unfair relative to his crime.
(d) They saw their mistake but were unable to change things.

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

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

12. Which art and science have close affinity?
(a) Painting and geometry.
(b) Music and kinesthetics.
(c) Music and mathematics.
(d) Fiction and physics.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does a man define himself?

2. What argument does Camus dismiss as 'a matter of profound indifference'?

3. What binds a man to the absurd?

4. According to Camus, what is an important relationship between The Trial and The Castle?

5. What is the most harrowing passion of all?

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