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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. Who spits in Inez's face?
2. What did Estelle do to her baby?
3. Which character killed herself by gas poisoning?
4. What does Gardin admit to?
5. Inez says that she won't do any harm if she is left alone with whom?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Estelle so upset when she sees Olga tell one of her lovers the truth?
2. If Inez does not seem to care about her appearance, why does she normally carry a mirror?
3. Why do you think that Inez would rather deal with hell face to face?
4. Why do you think that Estelle is flattered by Inez attention, even after she knows that Inez is being cruel?
5. How does Garcin feel when Estelle tells him that it does not matter if he is a coward as long as he kisses well?
6. Sartre uses a mirror as a symbol in Part 3. Describe how the mirror is important to understanding the character of Estelle.
7. Why does Inez describe Estelle's mouth as cruel?
8. Why does Estelle shed no actual tears when she cries?
9. What does Garcin mean when he says that he can see where talking to each other will lead?
10. How is Inez's volunteering to be the mirror for Estelle symbolic?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Feminist critique of this play might argue that while all three characters are unlikable, the portrayal of women is skewed toward the negative. Inez is cruel and Estelle vain, and Garcin makes altogether a more sympathetic impact on the audience.
(chose one, A or B)
A) Compare and contrast the ways Sartre characterizes Inez and Estelle. Focus on textual specifics: What they look like, how they behave, and what the audience thinks of them. How are their portrayals similar to and different from each other?
B) Decide if you think that Garcin is a sympathetic character and one audiences will like. Defend your argument either that he is likable or is not likable with examples.
C) Discuss how the off screen characters--Roger, Florence, Inez's cousin, Garcin's wife--affect your interpretation of and response to either A) or B) above.
Essay Topic 2
In some ways, this play is characterized by a "battle of the sexes" that is also complicated by a love triangle. Closely read Estelle's assertion that "Well, in that case our tastes differ. That's all it proves. [Turning to INEZ] What about you? Do you like men in their shirt-sleeves?"
Answer the following questions:
1. How does this statement characterize Estelle? What does it communicate about her?
2. What does it reveal about Inez?
3. How does it contribute to the rising dramatic tension in the play? How does it affect the intensifying interactions between the three main characters?
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?
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