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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 a torturer looks like?

2. How many bronze statues are there?

3. What personal item does Garcin miss?

4. How many times does the door open?

5. What is the temperature like in the room?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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]

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

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?

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