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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. Why are there no beds in the room?

2. What happened to make Estelle's marriage unhappy?

3. Inez recognizes what a torturer looks like from...

4. Which character is the first to offer up his/her sofa to the third person to enter the room?

5. What did Garcin describe his workplace as always being?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe the room in which Garcin finds himself.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inez proclaims herself cruel, saying "I'm your lark-mirror, my dear, and you can't escape me....There isn't any pimple, not a trace of one. So what about it? Suppose the mirror started telling lies? Or suppose I covered my eyes--as he is doing--and refused to look at you."

1. Contextualize this passage in terms of the section of the scene it comes from: What is happening when Inez says it?

2. Analyze what role the mirror symbol plays in this section. Why use this symbol right now?

3. What does it demonstrate about Garcin's relationship to Estelle?

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