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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Commonly, what concerns Dostoevsky's heroes?

2. What were the consequences of Sisyphus putting Death in chains?

3. What has Camus to say about 'great revolutions'?

4. What is a characteristic of wisdom?

5. What is Camus' view concerning the idea that the artist can be detached from his work?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In what ways is Sisyphus a rebel?

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

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

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

6. What is The Trial about?

7. Why does Camus claim that there can be no experience of death?

8. Why does Camus wonder if an absurd work of art is truly possible?

9. Why is the fame of a writer likely to endure and that of an actor not to do so?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the role and responsibility of the artist in the modern world. Has anything in the context changed since Camus' death fifty years ago? How politically aware and involved should the artist allow himself or herself to be? What intellectual and physical dangers might be faced by the politically involved artist and should this matter?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay in which you define philosophy and discuss its significance. You might like to refer to the way certain philosophers have influenced politics, science and society in general. Comment on the extent to which the study and/or discussion of philosophy enriches life and broadens human understanding.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay in which you explain the ways in which having a personal philosophy benefits the individual. You might like to consider how having a philosophy provides a strong rationale for life choices and actions. You might also consider the effects, for society, of multiple philosophies.

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