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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. Garcin sees whom in his vision?

2. Where was Garcin shot?

3. What color does Garcin say his wife always wears?

4. What is strange about Estelle's friend at her funeral?

5. How many windows are there in the room?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What kinds of differences are established between the three characters when Estelle asks if the other two have ever attended a country party at the home of one of her friends?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the primary themes of this play, including sexual jealousy, violent cruelty and emotional abuse, and the actions described in this play. What elements of this play do you find controversial? What would you say if a friend asked you about reading this play? What was your favorite part and least favorite part? Which parts were most and least believable? Be specific and offer detailed examples from the text.

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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