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1. Explain the meaning of the title as it relates to the plot of the novel.
2. Explain why Mersault, the protagonist, is an absurd anti-hero.
3. What is Mersaultís key antagonist?
4. Describe Marie. Why is she attracted to Mersault? What does this say about her? Why is Mersault attracted to Marie?
5. Describe Raymond. Why does Mersault, who is basically a loner, get involved with him?
6. Who is Salamano? Explain why you think Camus included him in the novel.
7. Explain how intense heat plays an important role in the plot.
8. Mersault is described as a "social monster." Do you agree with this assessment - explain why.
9. Explain the absurd elements of Mersaultís trial and sentence.
10. Describe your reaction to the visit of the chaplain.
11. What gives Mersault a sense of peace and calm at the end of the book?