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

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

3. What binds a man to the absurd?
(a) His sentient nature regarding death.
(b) Philosophy.
(c) His consciousness of it.
(d) His intelligence.

4. Which famous Frenchwoman was self-reliant?
(a) Madame La Guillotine.
(b) Violetta Valery
(c) Madame Roland.
(d) Madame Bovary.

5. Why does Chestov think we turn to God?
(a) To have the feling that 'underneath are the everlasting arms'.
(b) Because we are afraid.
(c) Only to obtain the impossible.
(d) Only to gain favors.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How are myths given life?

3. What sacrifice does Loyola say God rejoices in?

4. How does Camus see Sisyphus vis-a-vis his fate?

5. What is the most harrowing passion of all?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Camus' basic criticism of phenomenology?

3. What two views of Sisyphus are mentioned by Camus?

4. Why does Camus call Prometheus the 'first of modern conquerors'?

5. What does humanity need to do in order to understand the world?

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

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

8. In an absurd universe, are all actions permitted?

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

10. Why is Sisyphus completely appropriate as the absurd hero?

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