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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. According to Camus' introduction, one purpose is to find out if what can avoid committing murder?

4. Who wrote Society of the Friends of Crime?

5. According to this Russian theoretician, who are the greatest fanatics?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does nihilism begin to build a temple of Caesar, according to Camus in Part 3?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. According to Camus in Part 3, what have all modern revolutions ended in?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rebellion and revolution are the two common ideas in Camus' The Rebel. Compare and contrast rebellion and revolution. How are rebellion and revolution different? How are they the same? Use specific references to the text in the response.

Essay Topic 2

For Camus, "Freedom ... is the motivating principle of all revolutions." Write a response addressing this quote and Camus' view on the role of freedom in rebellion. Why is freedom important? Is freedom present in rebellion or is it the quest? Use specific examples from the text in the response.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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