The Rebel Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Who wrote The Possessed?

2. According to Part 1, remaining silent gives the appearance that one has no what?

3. Who do the first mythologies describe as an "eternal martyr"?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. According to Camus in Part 5, what is the positive value in the initial rebellion movement?

3. What does Camus identify in Part 3 as the conclusions of individualism in revolt?

4. What did Nietzsche believe was his "supreme vocation," according to Camus in Part 2?

5. According to Camus in Part 5, what happens when rebellion is cut off from its origins?

6. Why does Camus believe art should provide a final perspective on rebellion's content?

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

8. According to Camus in Part 3, why do men kill each other?

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

10. Why must morality be destroyed, according to Camus in Part 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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.

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