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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Where did Sakyamuni meditate?
(a) In a dark room.
(b) On top of a holy mountain.
(c) In the desert.
(d) On top of a pole.

3. Which groups of people exchange positions rapidly in this changed world?
(a) Judges, doctors and teachers.
(b) Jailers, judges and politicians.
(c) Jailers, witnesses and politicians.
(d) Judges, accused and witnesses.

4. What does Camus say is foreign to us today?
(a) The simple nobility of Ulysses.
(b) Compassion.
(c) A sense of fair play.
(d) The guiles and temptations of Calypso.

5. What does Camus describe as 'sheer madness'?
(a) Returning to places that were important in one's youth.
(b) Expecting nothing to change as we grow older.
(c) Going into dimly lighted cafes at night.
(d) Trying to find friends from long ago.

6. What does the modern political scene force an artist to do?
(a) Move to a more peaceful environment.
(b) The artist must remain neutral to preserve his integrity.
(c) To take a stand--for or against.
(d) Join a political party.

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

8. As Camus describes it, the impression one has of the setting for the boxing boxing match is _______________.
(a) Well-organized.
(b) Chaotic.
(c) Squalid and crowded.
(d) Exciting and dangerous.

9. What would the writer choose never to do?
(a) Join the Resistance.
(b) Betray a colleague.
(c) Act as a judge.
(d) Join a trade union.

10. What is the alternative title for The Minotaur?
(a) The Stoop in Oran.
(b) A Stop in Oran.
(c) The Stop in Oran.
(d) A Setup in Oran.

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

12. According to Camus, what have 'the smell of the office clinging to them'?
(a) Our obligations.
(b) Our wretched tragedies.
(c) Our overcoats.
(d) Our sordid little affairs.

13. Of what do the freighters from Norway smell?
(a) Tobacco.
(b) Oil.
(c) Wood.
(d) Wine.

14. Who calls out 'Want a ride, sister?' to pretty girls?
(a) Bus drivers.
(b) Taxi drivers.
(c) Perverts.
(d) Undertakers.

15. According to Camus, what is the great misfortune from which we all suffer?
(a) The misfortune of hate.
(b) The misfortune of injustice.
(c) The misfortune of not loving.
(d) The misfortune of war.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is history now to be found?

2. For what does Camus criticize Oran?

3. What comment does Camus make about Greek thought?

4. What does the name Chenoua refer to?

5. What paradox did Descartes notice in Amsterdam?

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