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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. Who sees Olga in a vision?

2. Where did Garcin live?

3. What personal item does Garcin miss?

4. Where does Estelle say her husband is?

5. Why are there no beds in the room?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the room in which Garcin finds himself.

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

4. Why are eyes and "not looking at each other" symbolically important at this part in the play?

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

6. Why does Estelle refuse Inez's offer of her sofa?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How one character punishes another is of primary importance in this play. The reasons why these three are each other's perfect torturers are revealed in the action of the play and in the things the characters say to each other. Chose one of the following and write an essay:

A) How Inez is the best torturer for Garcin.

B) How Garcin is the best torturer for Estelle.

C) How Estelle is the best torturer for Inez.

Be sure to explain the specific ways in which the character tortured his/her fellow character, and why their particular ways of inflicting pain were sure to be the most painful. In addition, briefly state which one would be the best torturer for you and why.

Essay Topic 2

Sartre uses symbols to communicate deeper levels of meaning in this play. In an essay, describe the first instances of this symbol, i.e. what it meant and how it was represented at the beginning of the play. Then examine how the symbol evolved, or how the characters' and audiences understanding of the symbol changes over the course of the play. Chose one of the following symbols:

A) The bronze statue.

B) The human eye.

Essay Topic 3

Near the end of the play, Garcin and Estelle make ready to flee the room. Describe what happens when the door opens. Consider the following questions: Why does Garcin want to leave the room? Why does Estelle want to leave the room? Does Inez want to leave the room? Why or why not.

In addition, decide what you would do, if you were in their circumstances. Would you leave the room? Why or why not?

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