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  1. Fully describe Dr. Rieux. Why is he so important to the novel?

  2. Explain the conflict of the novel and how it is resolved.

  3. Does Camus’ attempt at making The Plague a chronicle detract from its success as a novel"? Explain your answer in detail.

  4. Fully describe Tarrou, Grand, and Rambert and explain Rieux’s relationships with each of them. What do his friendships with these men reveal about Rieux as a person?

  5. How do the actions of Tarrou and Rieux prove that they live by their asserted moral codes?

  6. What are the major Themes of the novel and how are they developed?

  7. How is the novel allegorical?

  8. Analyze Camus’ treatment of suffering, death, and God in The Plague.

  9. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of making Rieux the narrator of The Plague.


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