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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. According to Camus, we are living in an era of what and perfect crime?

2. By what concept is metaphysical rebellion motivated by?

3. In the introduction, rebellion is born of the spectacle of what?

4. According to Camus in Part 1, every rebellion invokes what?

5. According to Part 2's introduction, the "movement by which man protests against his condition and against the whole of creation" is called what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. According to Camus in Part 3, how did the nihilism of the 1860s begin?

3. According to Camus in Part 2, what is the only thing that gives meaning to human protest?

4. How does Camus define metaphysical rebellion in Part 2's Introduction?

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

6. What does Camus say is the real condemnation of the period in which we live in Part 5?

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

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

9. Why is freedom the "motivating principle of all revolutions," according to Camus in Part 3?

10. In Part 5, how does Camus say absolute justice is achieved?

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 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.

Essay Topic 3

Camus identifies the purpose of his essay in the Introduction. What is the purpose of Camus' essay? How does he hope to achieve this purpose? By the end of the essay, is he successful or not in achieving his purpose?

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