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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Which famous Frenchwoman was self-reliant?
(a) Violetta Valery
(b) Madame Bovary.
(c) Madame La Guillotine.
(d) Madame Roland.
2. What does Camus see as the one truly serious philosophical problem?
(a) Judging the value of religion.
(b) Judging the value of actions.
(c) The problem of human pain and suffering.
(d) Judging whether or not life is worth living.
3. Which philosopher claims that anxiety is at the source of everything?
(b) St. Augustine.
4. What technique is employed by philosophical novelists?
(a) They use characters as mouthpieces for their philosophy.
(b) They write with heavy didacticism.
(c) They use imagery rather than argument to convey their ideas.
(d) They often construct their novels as conversations.
5. Who was Adrienne Lecouvreur?
(a) A French actress.
(b) A French philosopher.
(c) Voltaire's mistress.
(d) A French composer of operetta.
Short Answer Questions
1. When did Sisyphus test his wife's love?
2. Who is the author of Discourses of Edification?
3. What binds a man to the absurd?
4. What quality does Camus call 'the fatal evasion'?
5. Commonly, what concerns Dostoevsky's heroes?
Short Essay Questions
1. In what ways is Sisyphus a rebel?
2. Why does Camus claim that there can be no experience of death?
3. How does Camus describe the Church's treatment of heretics?
4. Why is Sisyphus completely appropriate as the absurd hero?
5. What is particularly interesting and unusual about Sisyphus and his paradoxical happiness in his fate?
6. What is Camus' basic criticism of phenomenology?
7. Why does Camus wonder if an absurd work of art is truly possible?
8. What, for humanity, are the consequences of living in a world stripped of illusion?
9. How does Camus differ from many other commentators when considering the work of Kafka?
10. In an absurd universe, are all actions permitted?
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