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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. Estelle's husband was...

2. Who shows Garcin the way into the room?

3. Estelle says that she is in the room...

4. According to one of the characters, how many official torturers does Hell have?

5. Which character used to go to parties at the country homes of her friends?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When Garcin asks the Valet what is outside the room, what does the Valet say?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why do you think the author shows Garcin looking at his colleagues relaxing at the end of the day, smoking cigars?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Consider the order in which Sartre introduces the characters into the room. Write an essay that considers the following:

1. Why does Garcin come first? What are the advantages to the story and to the tension that will develop to having him introduce the play and anchor the action?

2. If you were Sartre, would you have put Inez on stage next? Is it significant that she and Garcin are in the room alone for a few minutes before Estelle joins them?

3. Discuss Estelle's introduction to the room (the color of the sofa, etc.) and describe how it heightens the growing tension in the room.

4. How does the order of the characters foreshadow the very end of the play?

Essay Topic 3

Feminist critique of this play might argue that while all three characters are unlikable, the portrayal of women is skewed toward the negative. Inez is cruel and Estelle vain, and Garcin makes altogether a more sympathetic impact on the audience.

(chose one, A or B)

A) Compare and contrast the ways Sartre characterizes Inez and Estelle. Focus on textual specifics: What they look like, how they behave, and what the audience thinks of them. How are their portrayals similar to and different from each other?

B) Decide if you think that Garcin is a sympathetic character and one audiences will like. Defend your argument either that he is likable or is not likable with examples.

Then:

C) Discuss how the off screen characters--Roger, Florence, Inez's cousin, Garcin's wife--affect your interpretation of and response to either A) or B) above.

(see the answer keys)

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