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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Oedipus' remark imply?
(a) That in certain circumstances, you might negotiate with the gods.
(b) That fate is cruel and will defeat you despite your pure nature.
(c) That fate is a human matter, to be settled among men.
(d) That fate is decided prior to birth.

3. What comment does Camus make concerning suffering?
(a) It is useless.
(b) It is ennobling.
(c) It should be avoided.
(d) It must be endured.

4. What is Camus' attitude to genius?
(a) It excuses everything.
(b) It excuses nothing.
(c) It must be nurtured.
(d) It is anti-democratic.

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

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

7. How does Kafka express the absurd?
(a) Through the logical.
(b) Through representations of everyday life.
(c) Through farce that is close to sentimentality.
(d) Through tragedy.

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

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

10. According to Camus, what is the only way Iago can be understood?
(a) In terms of the absurd.
(b) By thorough analysis of the text.
(c) Through an understanding of Venetian military structure.
(d) By playing him.

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

12. How does Camus classify regret?
(a) As sin.
(b) As being akin to grief, therefore dangerous.
(c) As mere sentimentality.
(d) As another form of hope.

13. Why is it necessary to read a Kafka work twice?
(a) His prose is very dense.
(b) There are complex relationships and a host of characters.
(c) In order to savor the beauty of his writing.
(d) There is a double possibility of interpretation.

14. What is the prime interest of everyday man?
(a) Study and personal growth.
(b) The world and what he can get out of it.
(c) The Darwinian drive to procreate the species.
(d) Himself and his potentialities.

15. According to Camus, what is tiresome about the human attitude to fate?
(a) It tends to make us inactive.
(b) We take credit for happiness, but blame fate for what crushes us.
(c) It hasn't changed in a thousand years.
(d) It is unrealistic.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Camus suggest happens in bad novels?

2. What is a characteristic of wisdom?

3. Who is the hero of Metamorphosis?

4. In The Castle, what is significant about the character Amalia?

5. Who is the author of Discourses of Edification?

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