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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 is Olga doing when Estelle, Garcin, and Inez discover that time moves differently in the room than on Earth?

2. What was Estelle's brother like?

3. Who asked Estelle to run away with him/her?

4. Which character says that the three are all "damned souls"?

5. When Estelle enters the room, who is already there?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

10. What are some of the things that cause tension between Inez and Garcin?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chose either Garcin, Estelle, or Inez and write a detailed character sketch, that includes not only information about their actions and feelings, but also about their use by the author to demonstrate ideas about guilt, denial, cowardice and cruelty. Use specific examples that demonstrate your ideas about their characterizations.

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

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.

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