No Exit Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What does Inez say they all must be guilty of?

2. How many bronze statues are there?

3. Which character enters the room first?

4. Who has a vision of his/her room being shut up?

5. When Inez refers to a cafeteria, "Where customers serve themselves," what is she talking about?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When Garcin asks Inez how she knows what a torturer looks like, what does she say?

3. Why is Estelle surprised to see that Garcin's face is fine?

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

5. When Garcin is asked why he is in the room, what does he say? Do you believe him, and why or why not?

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

7. What does Estelle complain about when she enters the room?

8. Why does Inez believe Garcin to be her torturer?

9. As Inez, Estelle, and Garcin watch their friends and family back on Earth, how do they react?

10. Why are there no toothbrushes or beds in the room?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Since Garcin was a pacifist whose weakness was a fear of being a coward, he is particularly concerned with what his colleagues at the newspaper thought of him. Describe how Garcin's pacifism affects his behavior in the room. Does he refuse to fight? Does he show cowardice in his interactions with Estelle and Inez? What does he feel during his various visions of life going on without him?

In addition, decide whether or not you think Garcin was really a coward and write a paragraph supporting your opinion.

Essay Topic 2

Garcin's discussion with the Valet at the beginning is the way Sartre conveys a lot of crucial information to the audience.

Close read and consider the following passage: "Your eyelids. We move ours up and down. Blinking, we call it. It's like a small black shutter that clicks down and makes a break. Everything goes black; one's eyes are moistened. You can't imagine how restful, refreshing it is. Four thousand little rests per hour."

Write an essay in which you consider the following questions:

1. What is Garcin literally saying? In what context does Garcin speak this passage?

2. Explain and describe the pattern of symbols that this passage belongs to. What does the eye mean, in this passage, and in the play?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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