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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 does Camus claim are the two essential pleasures of local youth?
(a) Getting their shoes shined and attracting girls.
(b) Going to the movies with shiny shoes.
(c) Having their shoes shined, then displaying these on the boulevard.
(d) Binge drinking and snappy dressing.

2. To what is the romantic attracted?
(a) History, epic and a miraculous event at the end of time.
(b) Popular fiction.
(c) Epic struggles between the individual and the state.
(d) The idea of God in history and the epic nature of humankind's struggle to survive morally.

3. Of what does the color of the ruined city's columns remind the writer?
(a) Blood.
(b) Quartz.
(c) Bread.
(d) Roses.

4. What is the alternative title for The Minotaur?
(a) A Setup in Oran.
(b) A Stop in Oran.
(c) The Stop in Oran.
(d) The Stoop in Oran.

5. Where did Sakyamuni meditate?
(a) On top of a holy mountain.
(b) In a dark room.
(c) On top of a pole.
(d) In the desert.

Short Answer Questions

1. What had the writer hoped to gain when he first visited Tipasa?

2. With God dead, what remains?

3. What is needed for a person to 'come alive again'?

4. On which other society does the youth of Oran model its behavior?

5. What paradox did Descartes notice in Amsterdam?

Short Essay Questions

1. What technique does Camus use to convey the impression that Tipasa is a peaceful and happy place?

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

3. What has Camus to say about the shops in Oran?

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

5. What, according to Camus, is paradoxical about the crowded city of Oran, and crowded cities in general?

6. What is ironic and unexpected about Camus' description of the way the Algerian people enjoy summer?

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

8. Why do you think Camus calls nudists 'those Protestants of the flesh'?

9. What factor does Camus claim separates him from some sections of the leftist movement?

10. In what respects does Camus state that Algiers is capable of gratifying every human wish?

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