No Exit Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Which character says "I don't care much for men anyway"?

2. Who is smoking cigars in one of the visions?

3. Which character acts snobbish when he/she learns what the others did for a living?

4. Who has a vision of his/her room being shut up?

5. What did Estelle die of?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why are there no toothbrushes or beds in the room?

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

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

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

7. What does Estelle say about why she thinks she is in the room?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There is a lot of implicit meaning in this play, and the characters misrepresent their pasts to varying degrees. While Inez is relatively upfront about her crimes, Garcin holds back and Estelle is in severe denial about her past. Pick two of the explicit actions of the play below and discuss the implicit significance of each.

A) Garcin kissing Estelle.

B) Inez lying about the pimple.

C) Estelle crying without tears.

Essay Topic 2

The scene where Inez offers to be Estelle's mirror is very revealing of the central tension between the two women and shows the audience more about their inner selves. It links symbolically the human eye and mirrors. Chose one of the following:

A) Discuss how this scene fits into a larger pattern of symbols, or a motif of mirrors, glass, eyes, seeing, etc.

B) Explain what this scene reveals about Inez and Estelle, and helps show the audience how they really are.

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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