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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 two forms of rebellion are being considered in the book?

2. According to the introduction, what is the only creature that refuses to be what it is?

3. In Part 2, Camus explains Nietzsche recognized himself as the "most acute manifestation" of what?

4. In Part 2, who wanted to "eradicate God from man's mind"?

5. According to Part 3, Saint-Just is a contemporary of whom?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Camus think Nietzsche attacked Christianity?

4. Why is rebellion forced to become revolutionary in the twentieth century?

5. According to Camus in Part 4, what is the only revolutionary form of art?

6. Why is the metaphysical rebel a blasphemer, according to Camus in Part 2?

7. According to Camus in Part 3, how does every form of contempt establish Fascism?

8. How does the revolution Camus references have the same meaning as revolution as referenced in astronomy?

9. How does Camus describe monarchy in a theocratic form in Part 3?

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

Camus spends a great deal of time discussing metaphysical rebellion. Write a response exploring this type of rebellion. What does Camus mean by metaphysical rebellion? What is metaphysical rebellion? How does metaphysical rebellion turn into revolution? Use specific references to the text in the response.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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