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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. Violence is directed at one and all in the service of what?

2. According to Part 3, what is the "only logical consequence of metaphysical rebellion"?

3. According to Part 3, what is limited in scope by its nature?

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

5. According to Part 3, if everything is logical then everything is what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are the crimes of the Hitler regime without precedent in history, according to Camus in Part 3?

2. What happens to those that rush to history proclaiming it is meaningless, according to Camus in Part 3?

3. Why does Camus say the Fascist revolutions of the twentieth century do not deserve the title of a revolution?

4. Why does Camus believe Sade became the first theoretician of absolute rebellion?

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

6. How does Camus connect murder and suicide in the Introduction?

7. What does Camus say in Part 3 is the purpose of his book?

8. Why is it important to Camus to know whether or not people have a right to murder, as outlined in the Introduction?

9. According to Camus in Part 5, what happens at the climax of contemporary tragedy?

10. Why did Bielinsky think the noble thing to do was accept the world and its sufferings?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Camus comes from the existentialist school of philosophy. Write a response exploring how Camus' existentialist beliefs impact his essay. What is existentialism? How does existentialism interpret rebellion? How does Camus interweave his own philosophy with those presented in his essay? Use specific references to the text in the response.

Essay Topic 2

There are several references to love and its power in the essay. Write a response exploring the role of love in the essay. How does love influence a rebellion or revolution? How is love changed by rebellion? Use specific references to the text in the response.

Essay Topic 3

As the essay comes to a close, Camus references the impact of moderation and excess on rebellion and its successes (or lack thereof). Write a response exploring the influence of moderation and excess on rebellion. What does Camus mean by moderation? What does he want moderated? How does moderation help or hurt rebellion? How does excess help or hurt rebellion? Use specific references to the text in the response.

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