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"The Stranger" by Albert Camus
""The Stranger" tells of a most interesting man named Meursault (pronounced Merr-so). He seems to lack ordinary human emotion while at the same time displaying a most noble honesty."
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In what country does "The Stranger" take place?
At the start of the novel, Meursault is traveling to attend the funeral of who?
His best friend
Meursault is happy to get home after the tiresome funeral. The next day he goes swimming and meets a beautiful lady. Meursault asks her on a date to see a comedy movie. That night they sleep together. What is her name?
Meursault meets his apartment neighbor: a shady man named Raymond who works as a pimp. A woman that Raymond had been sleeping with cheated on Raymond. Raymond asks Meursault to write her a letter to convince her to return to Raymond; he plans to sleep with her again and then spit in her face. How does Meursault respond to Raymond's request?
He tries to talk Raymond out of it
He goes to the police
He writes the letter
Raymond invites his new friend Meursault and Meursault's girlfriend to go with him to the beach house of Raymond's friend Masson and Masson's wife. While on the beach the Arab brother of the girl that Raymond had spit on appears. He pulls out a knife and cuts Raymond badly. The Arab then quickly leaves the beach, what did the others do?
Went after the Arab
Went back to the beach house
Went to a friend of Masson's
Called the police
When Raymond returns from visiting the hospital he is all bandaged up. Raymond walks alone on the beach. Meursault catches up to him and the two walk back to the beach house. Meursault remains outside once they arrive and walks alone on the hot beach; the heat begins to overwhelm him. The Arab suddenly appears and flashes his knife in the sun. When that flash of light hits Meursault's eyes, sweat pours down his face. He then does what to the Arab?
He stabs him
He shoots him
He punches him
He chokes him
Meursault is put in jail. It is there that he meets his lawyer who explains to Meursault that he has "every prospect of getting off" but that he has been accused of behaving with "great callousness" at the recent funeral. The lawyer then asks permission to say that at the funeral he "kept his feelings under control". Meursault refuses, telling the lawyer that that would not be true.
Later, Meursault is taken to meet with the magistrate. In the course of their interview, the magistrate gets very upset with Meursault. What about Meursault angers the magistrate?
His lack of remorse
His hatred of Arabs
His refusal to cry
During the trial, a clear travesty of justice occurs. The prosecutor focuses on Meursault as having been one so uncaring that he refused to cry at the recent funeral. When put under its microscope the world finds Meursault to be a stranger for his lack of sentimentality and his powerful honesty. The prosecutor is quite skilled at legal theatrics and at one point calls Meursault what?
"One thing about this phase of the trial was rather irksome. Quite often, interested as I was in what they had to say, I was tempted to put in a word, myself. But my lawyer had advised me not to. 'You won't do your case any good by talking,' he had warned me. In fact, there seemed to be a conspiracy to exclude me from the proceedings; I wasn't to have any say and my fate was to be decided out of hand."
This quote of Meursault's during his murder trial aligns well with what personal philosophy of Albert Camus'?
Sadly, Meursault is found guilty of murder and is sentenced to die by the guillotine. He nervously waits in his prison cell and refuses to see the priest. However, the priest does not respect Meursault's wishes and arrives for a visit unannounced.
The priest asks Meursault why he does not believe in God and what he thinks to be the meaning of life. Meursault tells him that he does not like being bothered by questions that he thinks are "unnecessary"; he also becomes aware of the priest using "familiar tactics" to create emotion. Finally, after being constantly pestered, Meursault explodes on this uncaring priest and grabs him and starts yelling in his face. Prison guards rush in and separate the two leaving Meursault alone again.
What was the name of the priest?
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Compiled Jun 28 12