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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 did Estelle's lover die?
2. Who is judging Garcin?
3. How many mirrors does Estelle have in her bedroom?
4. Where did Estelle go with Roger?
5. Garcin asks Estelle if she could do what?
Short Essay Questions
1. Although both Inez and Garcin pressure Estelle into telling them why she is in the room, at the end of the section, why is Estelle only angry with Inez and not Garcin?
2. Why does Inez describe Estelle's mouth as cruel?
3. What do you think of Inez's promise to not do Garcin any harm if he leaves her and Estelle in peace?
4. Why do you think that Estelle is flattered by Inez attention, even after she knows that Inez is being cruel?
5. Why did Garcin flee to Mexico, and what does it have to do with cowardice?
6. What is Inez guilty of?
7. Sartre uses a mirror as a symbol in Part 3. Describe how the mirror is important to understanding the character of Estelle.
8. If Inez does not seem to care about her appearance, why does she normally carry a mirror?
9. Why is it significant that Garcin's colleagues have called him a coward?
10. Why does the image of a young couple making love in her apartment so upset Inez?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Inez proclaims herself cruel, saying "I'm your lark-mirror, my dear, and you can't escape me....There isn't any pimple, not a trace of one. So what about it? Suppose the mirror started telling lies? Or suppose I covered my eyes--as he is doing--and refused to look at you."
1. Contextualize this passage in terms of the section of the scene it comes from: What is happening when Inez says it?
2. Analyze what role the mirror symbol plays in this section. Why use this symbol right now?
3. What does it demonstrate about Garcin's relationship to Estelle?
Essay Topic 3
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?
This section contains 1,000 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)