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. What was one of the first groups of Russian revolutionaries?

2. What two forms of rebellion are being considered in the book?

3. In Part 2, the maximum of enjoyment coincides with the maximum of what?

4. According to Part 2, what is a "degenerate form of Christianity"?

5. Who is a theoretician of Russian nihilism?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why does Camus think Nietzsche attacked Christianity?

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

7. According to Camus in Part 4, what is artistic creation?

8. According to Camus in Part 3, what coincides with the acceptance of iniquity?

9. According to Camus in Part Three, how did the nihilists give their successors a model?

10. What does Camus say in the Introduction is the "mark of nihilism"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

At one point in the middle of the essay, Camus discusses totality and its central tenets as it relates to an idealized revolution. Write a response exploring the idea of totality and its central tenets. What is totality? How does Camus interpret totality? Is it positive or negative? Use specific references to the text in the response.

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