Modern Liberalism in the United States

Albert Camus, The Stranger

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Answer each of the questions in parts A and B. Part A is an open-ended personal reflection before doing the reading. The answers to the questions in part B should be completed while you are doing the reading.

Since the purpose of the homework is to develop your analytical skills, answers must represent your interpretation of the assigned reading. Answers will thus not receive credit if they present someone else’s ideas, whether they are taken from another student or are web sources. Rather than quoting the reading, analyze and explain it in your own words.

Please upload your responses as a Word document. Number your answers using the same system as the questions in the prompt. Rather than submitting your answers after the questions, please create a new document.

Grading Rubric:
• 3 (Check+): Thoughtful reflection on the reaction questions in Part A, and serious engagement with the reading questions in Part B, answering all the questions
• 2 (Check): Answered all questions, but development needed
• 1 (Check-): Missing or incomplete responses
• 0: Either work does not show direct engagement with the reading or is not original (uses web sources or another student’s work)

(Note: late work will be downgraded one grade point: a late 3 will receive a 2, a late 2 will receive a 1.)

Keep in mind that all homework assignments are run through a plagiarism checker. To be safe, always be sure to present original work!

 Read the Razor Mind handout. Apply the 7-step method in completing the homework.

1. In many ways Meursault is an ordinary man with a job, friends, and a romantic relationship. In spite of this, the title refers to him as a stranger indicating someone who lacks these social bonds. How is the main character a metaphor for all people today? In what ways are all Americans strangers?

2. Meursault stands out for his indifference to his mother’s death and his murder of another person. In what ways are 21st century Americans indifferent to other people’s suffering?

Part B – Reading Questions: Please read the novel The Stranger by Albert Camus
1. How does Meursault react to his mother’s death? Detail all of his behavior that seems inappropriate. (part 1, chapter 1)

2. Describe Meursault’s relationship with Marie. (part 1, chapter 2) Describe Raymond’s relationship with his mistress (part 1, chapter 3-5)

3. Detail the events that lead up to and result in Meursault killing a man. Why do you think that we never learn the identity of the victim? (part 1, chapter 6)

4. Describe how Meursault copes with his time in prison. What is the story that is reported in a scrap of newspaper that he finds in his cell? (part 2, chapter 1-2)

5. How does the prosecutor attempt to link Meursault’s indifference about his mother’s death to his murder of the Arab? (part 2, chapter 3-4)

6. How does Meursault analyze the use of the guillotine to inflict the death penalty? What does Meursault discuss with the priest? (part 2, chapter 5)
7. Report on how the Razor Mind method helped your engagement with the Strang. For more information on Modern Liberalism in the United States check on this:  

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