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

2. Of what figurative device is: 'These are our nights of Gethsemane'?
(a) It is an illusion.
(b) It is an example of idiomatic phrasing.
(c) It is a metaphor.
(d) It is an example of decorative prose.

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

4. What is ridiculous about the writer who emulated Peregrinos?
(a) The writer suicided in despair and his relatives benefited hugely from the royalties.
(b) He tried to commit suicide by drowning in the Seine, but could not sink.
(c) The writer suicided so his book would be noticed, but the book was no good.
(d) He thought the name would make him a great travel writer, but he failed.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What has Camus to say about 'great revolutions'?

2. What has Camus to say about Kirilov's reasoning?

3. In what way are people's minds related?

4. What does Camus suggest happens in bad novels?

5. Who is the author of Discourses of Edification?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is absurd man and how can he deal with his predicament?

2. What technique of Kafka's does Camus posit as the reason for the unity in that writer's work?

3. Why does Camus wonder if an absurd work of art is truly possible?

4. According to Camus, what must we take into consideration when reading the works of Franz Kafka?

5. What does Camus say is tiresome about the human heart (p. 115 of the Penguin edition)?

6. What does Nietzsche mean when he says 'Great problems are in the street'?

7. According to Camus, what is the one serious problem for philosophy?

8. According to the quotation from Nietzsche, what vital function is performed by art?

9. What is Camus' basic criticism of phenomenology?

10. How does Camus describe the Church's treatment of heretics?

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