This collection contains six, ten-question multiple-choice quizzes, one for every two chapters, plus one for the concluding chapter, in Albert Camus' The Stranger. I've also included a final, all-essay, test. The quizzes are easily scored and designed to check for basic comprehension. Each contains ten multiple-choice questions, a short essay topic, an answer key, and a possible response for each of the short essay topics.
Along with the quizzes and the test, I've included a set of ten discussion questions, designed specifically to stimulate small group conversations among your students. You could also use them as a homework assignment or as a pre-test exercise. Either way, you'll get your students thinking and talking with this set of questions.
The final test contains ten essay topics, each designed to provide the student with an opportunity to think—and write—critically about the entire work, on a broad range of topics that cover the issues and themes of the book, as well as the subject of Mersault's (i.e., Camus') narrative style and the relevance of the book to today’s students. As written, the test requires students to choose only two of the ten options and write two essays, in class, during one class period. Of course you could adjust this format in multiple ways. You could, for example, have students write on three or more of the topics—or only one. You could give them the questions the day before the test and take a class period to discuss and/or pre-write answers in advance. On the day of the test, you might also allow students to have the book in front of them while writing their essays. In fact any one of the essay topics would make an excellent single essay assignment or topic for small group and/or whole class discussion. If each topic is discussed in advance of the test, students will (theoretically!) produce better essays. In the end, you can use the test as-is or modify it to suite your needs.
Finally, if you're an AP English Language and Comp teacher, you'll find that Question #4--the narrative style question--is particularly appropriate for your students, as it mirrors the rhetorical strategy question they will encounter on the AP exam.
I spent many hours carefully composing these quizzes and essay questions. The result is a finely-tuned, highly effective tool for assessing basic comprehension—but one that also goes well beyond that to offering students a vehicle for demonstrating their ability to think and write critically about this important—and classic—work of literature.
Thanks for considering Tim's Tool Box!