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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. According to Part 3, what are the two contemporary forms of nihilism?
2. Who wrote Society of the Friends of Crime?
3. According to Hezen in Part 3, "The annihilation of the past is the protection of" what?
4. What was one of the first groups of Russian revolutionaries?
5. According to Part 3, what are a majority of revolutions shaped by?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is rebellion forced to become revolutionary in the twentieth century?
2. According to Camus in Part 5, what happens at the climax of contemporary tragedy?
3. What does Camus say is the reason why Hitler and his regime could not do away with their enemies?
4. What does Camus say has happened to the methods of thought that claimed lead of the world in the name of revolution in Part 3?
5. According to Camus in Part 4, what is the only revolutionary form of art?
6. In Part 5, how does Camus say absolute justice is achieved?
7. According to Camus in Part 3, why do men kill each other?
8. Why is it important to Camus to know whether or not people have a right to murder, as outlined in the Introduction?
9. What does Camus say is the real condemnation of the period in which we live in Part 5?
10. How does the revolution Camus references have the same meaning as revolution as referenced in astronomy?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
God and Christianity are referenced numerous times in Camus' essay. For Camus, the history of rebellion and the history of Christianity coincide. Write a response addressing the role of God and Christianity in Camus' essay. Why is God important to rebellion and revolution? How does Christianity connect to rebellion? Use specific references to the text in the response.
Essay Topic 2
At the end of the essay, Camus makes references again to whether or not murder is justified, which he first mentions at the beginning of the essay. Write a response exploring the answer to Camus' question: is murder justifiable? How does Camus answer his own question at the end of the essay? In what ways is murder justified? In what ways is it not? How does Camus react? Use specific references to the text in the response.
Essay Topic 3
One of the philosophies Camus addresses is absurdism. What is absurdism? How does absurdism influence rebellion and revolution? What is absurdism's role in the essay? Use specific references to the text in the response.
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