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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why are the three characters in the room?

2. What did Inez die of?

3. Which character says "I don't care much for men anyway"?

4. Where did Garcin live?

5. What is Olga doing when Estelle, Garcin, and Inez discover that time moves differently in the room than on Earth?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some examples of foreshadowing in the first part of the play?

2. What is Garcin's response to Inez saying that there was reason to be afraid "before," but not now?

3. What does Garcin in his shirtsleeves stand for? Why does Estelle say she cannot stand a man in his shirtsleeves?

4. Why does Sartre introduce Estelle with her concerns about the sofas?

5. What does Estelle say about why she thinks she is in the room?

6. What are some of the things that cause tension between Inez and Garcin?

7. What makes Inez realize that they are supposed to be each other's torturers?

8. How do you know that these characters are dead and in hell, despite the fact that Sartre does not explicitly state it?

9. Describe Inez's reaction to the Estelle's and Garcin's reasons for why they are in the room.

10. Do you think that one of these characters is more truthful than the other two? If so, which one?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the primary themes of this play, including sexual jealousy, violent cruelty and emotional abuse, and the actions described in this play. What elements of this play do you find controversial? What would you say if a friend asked you about reading this play? What was your favorite part and least favorite part? Which parts were most and least believable? Be specific and offer detailed examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

The scene where Inez offers to be Estelle's mirror is very revealing of the central tension between the two women and shows the audience more about their inner selves. It links symbolically the human eye and mirrors. Chose one of the following:

A) Discuss how this scene fits into a larger pattern of symbols, or a motif of mirrors, glass, eyes, seeing, etc.

B) Explain what this scene reveals about Inez and Estelle, and helps show the audience how they really are.

Essay Topic 3

The pen knife is an important symbol because it helps the climax erupt and the play's falling action begin. Discuss the pen knife, its purpose as both a thematic symbol for these characters as well as a literal weapon. What purpose does it serve for Estelle to stab Inez, when she has been torturing her emotionally the whole play, for example. Discuss Garcin's wish that he could substitute physical torture for this mental anguish in terms of this violence.

In addition, decide whether or not you think these three have been punished enough, or if they deserve to be stuck with each other for eternity.

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