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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. How does Camus find Sunday mornings in Algiers?
(a) Peaceful.
(b) Sinister.
(c) Grand.
(d) Boring.

2. What word does Camus think is meaningless in Algeria?
(a) Virtue.
(b) Faith.
(c) Death.
(d) Loyalty.

3. What phenomenon has seemed continuous since Camus' last departure from Algiers?
(a) Rain.
(b) Drought.
(c) Oppression.
(d) Terrorism.

4. What is meant by 'quixotism'?
(a) The belief in the miracles of Don Quixote.
(b) Being generally unreliable and untrustworthy.
(c) Having the quality of the visionary or the romantic.
(d) Moving very quickly.

5. What comment does Camus make about Greek thought?
(a) It never carried things to extremes.
(b) It could be our inspiration, if translated.
(c) It took too little account of feelings.
(d) It wasn't balanced.

Short Answer Questions

1. From examining the text, what do we learn about Salamis?

2. Camus mentions the parliament of birds in which literary source?

3. What type of music is played before the fight?

4. In summer, what happens to Algiers?

5. What form of travel did Camus use to reach Tipasa?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way did the philosopher Socrates demonstrate his lack of intellectual arrogance?

2. What must modern man do if he is to recapture the mindset of Ancient Greece and be truly civilized?

3. What lies 'beyond the yellow walls of Oran'?

4. What does Camus mean when he says that the 'tyrannies of today are improved'?

5. What is the essay 'Helen's Exile' concerned with?

6. What 'two thirsts' has Camus been able to slake through his visit to Tipasa?

7. Does Camus see himself as a romantic?

8. In what respect did the Greek philosopher Heraclitus think of human society and the physical universe being similar?

9. Can the artist remain aloof from the world he comments upon, depicts and criticizes?

10. Of what is Camus speaking when he criticizes 'idealism of the worst kind' (p.188 of the Penguin edition)?

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