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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 will happen if people keep silent?
(a) The printing industry will be compromised.
(b) They will be deprived of hope.
(c) They will avoid persecution.
(d) Atrocities will occur.

2. How might the mood of the first three paragraphs of Return to Tipasa be described?
(a) Nostalgic.
(b) Excited.
(c) Happy.
(d) Depressed.

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

4. What paradox did Descartes notice in Amsterdam?
(a) That one could feel freedom and tranquility amongst a crowd.
(b) That a tax on windows meant doors were narrow.
(c) That there were streets as well as canals for traffic.
(d) That one could feel safe in the red-light district of the city.

5. Camus describes a film in a handbill using words like 'sumptuous', 'staggering', 'amazing' and 'tremendous'. This is an example of which literary device?
(a) Menonymy.
(b) Hyperbole.
(c) Apostrophe.
(d) Catastrophe.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Camus describe as 'sheer madness'?

2. What word does Camus think is meaningless in Algeria?

3. What had changed Camus' life in September, 1939?

4. What is meant by 'obscurantism'?

5. What does Camus believe is a necessity?

Short Essay Questions

1. Does Camus see himself as a romantic?

2. Of what does Camus accuse the Marxists in Section III of The Artist and his Time?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Explain the attraction the desert has for thinking human beings.

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

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

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