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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. How many bronze statues are there?
2. What did Garcin describe his workplace as always being?
3. Which character is the first to offer up his/her sofa to the third person to enter the room?
4. Which character says that the room is ugly?
5. Which character acts snobbish when he/she learns what the others did for a living?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Estelle complain about when she enters the room?
2. What are some of the things that cause tension between Inez and Garcin?
3. What are some examples of foreshadowing in the first part of the play?
4. Why are there no toothbrushes or beds in the room?
5. What does Estelle say about why she thinks she is in the room?
6. Do you think that one of these characters is more truthful than the other two? If so, which one?
7. Describe, at this point in the play, the nature of hell.
8. Describe Inez's reaction to the Estelle's and Garcin's reasons for why they are in the room.
9. Why are eyes and "not looking at each other" symbolically important at this part in the play?
10. Why does Sartre introduce Estelle with her concerns about the sofas?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 3
Since Garcin was a pacifist whose weakness was a fear of being a coward, he is particularly concerned with what his colleagues at the newspaper thought of him. Describe how Garcin's pacifism affects his behavior in the room. Does he refuse to fight? Does he show cowardice in his interactions with Estelle and Inez? What does he feel during his various visions of life going on without him?
In addition, decide whether or not you think Garcin was really a coward and write a paragraph supporting your opinion.
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