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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is meant by 'quixotism'?
(a) The belief in the miracles of Don Quixote.
(b) Having the quality of the visionary or the romantic.
(c) Moving very quickly.
(d) Being generally unreliable and untrustworthy.

2. Whence had Camus planned to travel in 1939?
(a) Greece.
(b) France.
(c) England.
(d) South Africa.

3. What comment does Camus make about the word 'sin'?
(a) That it refers to an illusion.
(b) That it is a word used to make people fearful, thus easy to control.
(c) It is something we all should be more aware of.
(d) That he has never really understood it.

4. Which culture/philosophy does Camus dismiss as 'the child of disproportion'?
(a) Arabic.
(b) Chinese.
(c) Hindu.
(d) European.

5. How does Camus describe today's society?
(a) As potentially communist.
(b) As laissez-faire.
(c) As disordered.
(d) As overly regulated.

6. What will happen if people keep silent?
(a) They will avoid persecution.
(b) They will be deprived of hope.
(c) The printing industry will be compromised.
(d) Atrocities will occur.

7. What building stands above the harbor?
(a) The Kasbah.
(b) The mosque.
(c) A huge block of flats.
(d) An immense library.

8. What restores calm to the fight audience after the near-riot?
(a) Pleas from a tearful woman.
(b) The arrival of the police.
(c) The announcement of the main bout.
(d) A plea from Camus himself.

9. In what way is the Ancient Greek idea of justice different from the modern European?
(a) The Greeks believed in divine inspiration to set limits; Europeans rely on committees.
(b) The Greeks were concerned with limitation, but for modern Europeans justice is seen as something total.
(c) For the Ancient Greeks, punishment could be meted out by the gods; Europeans use the courts of law.
(d) The Ancient Greeks used ostracism; Europeans use execution.

10. How does Camus evaluate the role of the artist??
(a) As somewhat redundant.
(b) As one who is a conduit for popular culture.
(c) As necessary more now than ever before.
(d) As having an important place in the continuing dialog.

11. What is needed for a person to 'come alive again'?
(a) Special grace, self-forgetfulness or a homeland.
(b) A beautiful homeland and a loving family.
(c) Meditation in a suitable place.
(d) Prayer and meditation.

12. To whom are the words 'Presumption, regression of progress' attributed?
(a) Helen.
(b) Heraclitus.
(c) Hera.
(d) Heracles.

13. What can be found at Padovani Beach?
(a) The best cafe in Algiers.
(b) A dance school for the poor.
(c) Lifeguards trained in Australia.
(d) An all-day dance hall.

14. What comment does Camus make concerning the end of history?
(a) It will come when God is pleased for it to happen.
(b) It is too frightening for us to try and imagine.
(c) We need to ignore it and make our own lives count for something.
(d) It can't have any definable significance for us.

15. What word best describes Camus' attitude to Oran's shops?
(a) Scathing.
(b) Admiring.
(c) Praising.
(d) Tolerating.

Short Answer Questions

1. What trees grow above the city?

2. With God dead, what remains?

3. What does the modern political scene force an artist to do?

4. To what is the romantic attracted?

5. What did Goethe call for when on his deathbed?

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