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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 personal item does Garcin miss?

2. Whom does Garcin see in his vision?

3. How many sofas are there in the room?

4. How many years was Estelle happily married?

5. What does Estelle say she cannot stand a man in?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Estelle complain about when she enters the room?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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