This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who reads the witness list in the courtroom?
2. What does the attorney find when he interviews people about Meursault's background?
3. Why doesn't Meursault understand why he can't have cigarettes?
4. How many times does Marie visit Meursault in prison?
5. What blinds Meursault before he shoots the Arab?
Short Essay Questions
1. When does the local magistrate first interview Meursault and in what is he most interested?
2. When Meursault's attorney first arrives, what does he notice about Meursault and how does this affect him?
3. How do Meursault's feelings about God and repentance compare to other people in his situation?
4. What does Meursault miss in prison and what does the guard have to say about this?
5. What are the jury's findings in the case and what is the sentence?
6. Whose testimony is last and how does this testimony go?
7. How does Meursault respond to the magistrate's question about whether he has anything to say in his own defense and how does the jury interpret his response?
8. Describe what Meursault notices as he is placed in the interrogation room for the first time?
9. As Meursault, Marie, and Raymond travel to the bus stop, who do they see and what comes of the encounter?
10. Describe the physical attributes of the visiting room at the prison.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Write an essay exploring the significance of the role that the Arab men play in the novel.
Essay Topic 2
Meursault travels to his mother's funeral at the beginning of the novel. After that, most of his movement is confined to a small area, especially in prison. Write an essay explaining how movement and lack of movement influence the character and plot development.
Essay Topic 3
There is a significant portion of time spent talking about Salamano's dog. Write an essay explaining the symbolism and meaning of the dog in the novel.
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