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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 philosopher claims that anxiety is at the source of everything?
(a) Aristotle.
(b) St. Augustine.
(c) Heidegger.
(d) Sartre.

2. What assertions are always false?
(a) That everything is invisible and nothing is true.
(b) That humans are wise and invincible.
(c) That everything is true and that everything is false.
(d) That being is false and nothingness is inevitable.

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

4. What is a characteristic of wisdom?
(a) Knowing when to take things on trust, as well as when not to.
(b) Being able to supply a rationale for any action.
(c) Living on what one has, not speculating about what one does not have.
(d) Living with faith and integrity and reserving judgement.

5. Why are European cemeteries hideous?
(a) Only poor art-work and sculpture is used.
(b) People beautify what they love, not what they hate--and they hate death.
(c) They are not maintained properly.
(d) They are badly planned.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which art and science have close affinity?

2. What does Camus see as an almost inevitable companion to passion?

3. What temptation does Camus suggest is hardest to overcome?

4. What has been the focus of don Juan's existence?

5. What does Camus see as the one truly serious philosophical problem?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were Sisyphus's sins against the gods, for which he was punished?

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

3. What is The Trial about?

4. What is particularly interesting and unusual about Sisyphus and his paradoxical happiness in his fate?

5. What, for humanity, are the consequences of living in a world stripped of illusion?

6. How does Camus view the novel as an artistic endeavor?

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

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

9. How does Camus differ from many other commentators when considering the work of Kafka?

10. In what ways is Sisyphus a rebel?

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