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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. Why can't Estelle see herself properly in Inez's eyes?
2. Why did Garcin want to face death courageously?
3. When Garcin says, "I've left my fate in their hands," who is he talking about?
4. Who asks Inez to forget her role as a torturer?
5. What does Inez describe Estelle's mouth as?
Short Essay Questions
1. What do you think of Inez's attempt to woo Estelle by calling her by the romantic names her lovers used to use?
2. What does Garcin mean when he says that he can see where talking to each other will lead?
3. What does Sartre demonstrate about Garcin when he interrupts his kissing Estelle to listen in to what his colleagues are saying?
4. Why does Inez describe Estelle's mouth as cruel?
5. Why did Garcin say he treated his wife so badly?
6. 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?
7. Why do you think that Estelle is flattered by Inez attention, even after she knows that Inez is being cruel?
8. Sartre uses a mirror as a symbol in Part 3. Describe how the mirror is important to understanding the character of Estelle.
9. Why do you think that Inez tries to pull Garcin off Estelle?
10. Why does Estelle shed no actual tears when she cries?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Consider the order in which Sartre introduces the characters into the room. Write an essay that considers the following:
1. Why does Garcin come first? What are the advantages to the story and to the tension that will develop to having him introduce the play and anchor the action?
2. If you were Sartre, would you have put Inez on stage next? Is it significant that she and Garcin are in the room alone for a few minutes before Estelle joins them?
3. Discuss Estelle's introduction to the room (the color of the sofa, etc.) and describe how it heightens the growing tension in the room.
4. How does the order of the characters foreshadow the very end of the play?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Because these characters are dead, issues of death and dying strongly affect the way they behave. Describe how each character died, using as many specifics as you can remember from the play. After you describe how each character died, chose one of the following below and write one paragraph:
A) In your opinion, which death was the "worst" or most unfortunate, and why?
B) Describe which death you feel was most appropriate, that is: which character deserved to die the way they did, and why?
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