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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. What happened to make Estelle's marriage unhappy?

3. What does Inez realize first?

4. Which character enters the room first?

5. How many times was Garcin shot?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kinds of differences are established between the three characters when Estelle asks if the other two have ever attended a country party at the home of one of her friends?

2. Describe, at this point in the play, the nature of hell.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

In some ways, this play is characterized by a "battle of the sexes" that is also complicated by a love triangle. Closely read Estelle's assertion that "Well, in that case our tastes differ. That's all it proves. [Turning to INEZ] What about you? Do you like men in their shirt-sleeves?"

Answer the following questions:

1. How does this statement characterize Estelle? What does it communicate about her?

2. What does it reveal about Inez?

3. How does it contribute to the rising dramatic tension in the play? How does it affect the intensifying interactions between the three main characters?

Essay Topic 3

As the dramatic tension increases, the characters reveal more about themselves and their pasts, and lay themselves bare to their fellow torturers. Their former lives are also like mirrors that suddenly show them the truths of their existence. Pick one of the passages below and explicate it in terms of this image of inner truth:

A) "There they are, slumped in their chairs, sucking at their cigars. Bored they look. Half-asleep. They're thinking: 'Garcin's a coward." [Garcin]

B) "The music is growing fainter. They've turned down the lights, as they do for a tango. Why are they playing so softly? Louder, please. I can't hear. It's so far away, so far away." [Estelle]

C) "The windows are wide open, a man is sitting on the bed. My bed, if you please!" [Inez]

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