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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. What has to be alive in order to say life is absurd, according to the introduction?

2. What becomes prophetic with Nietzsche in Part 2?

3. According to Part 3, rebellion is compelled to become what?

4. The ancients, according to Part 2, believed rebelling against nature was the same as rebelling against what?

5. Who, according to Camus in Part 2, committed the first act of rebellion?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Nietzsche see himself as the first complete nihilist of Europe?

2. 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?

3. What does Camus say is the reason why Hitler and his regime could not do away with their enemies?

4. In Part 3, what does Camus say the Fascists were the first to construct?

5. According to Camus in Part 5, every rebel does what?

6. What does Camus say in Part 5 is the consequence of rebellion?

7. In Part 5, Camus explains the ambition for the desire for justice is what?

8. How does Camus define a rebel in Part 1?

9. According to Camus in Part 5, what does the revolution of the twentieth century believe?

10. What is Sade's idea of God that Camus says Sade created for himself?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

For Camus, "Freedom ... is the motivating principle of all revolutions." Write a response addressing this quote and Camus' view on the role of freedom in rebellion. Why is freedom important? Is freedom present in rebellion or is it the quest? Use specific examples from the text in the response.

Essay Topic 2

The theme of right and wrong is evident throughout Camus' essay. Explore the theme of right and wrong. What does Camus say is "right"? What does he see as "wrong"? What do other philosophies present in the essay think about what is right and wrong? Use specific references to the text in the response.

Essay Topic 3

Camus makes several references throughout the essay to "All or Nothing." Write a response exploring this idea. What does Camus mean by "All or Nothing"? What other philosophers agree and support this idea? Use specific references to the text in the response.

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