No Exit Test | Final 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. When Garcin is paying attention to what is happening at the newspaper office, what is he hearing?

2. Why is Estelle upset by what Olga is saying to Peter?

3. Where did Estelle go with Roger?

4. How did Inez's cousin die?

5. If he could be back with them for one day, where would Garcin fling their lie?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do you think is the worst thing Garcin did to his wife?

2. Why do you think that Inez would rather deal with hell face to face?

3. Sartre uses a mirror as a symbol in Part 3. Describe how the mirror is important to understanding the character of Estelle.

4. Why does Inez describe Estelle's mouth as 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. What do you think of Inez's attempt to woo Estelle by calling her by the romantic names her lovers used to use?

7. What does Garcin mean when he says that he can see where talking to each other will lead?

8. Why do you think that Estelle is flattered by Inez attention, even after she knows that Inez is being cruel?

9. What does Sartre demonstrate about Garcin when he interrupts his kissing Estelle to listen in to what his colleagues are saying?

10. Why do you think that Inez tries to pull Garcin off Estelle?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Garcin's discussion with the Valet at the beginning is the way Sartre conveys a lot of crucial information to the audience.

Close read and consider the following passage: "Your eyelids. We move ours up and down. Blinking, we call it. It's like a small black shutter that clicks down and makes a break. Everything goes black; one's eyes are moistened. You can't imagine how restful, refreshing it is. Four thousand little rests per hour."

Write an essay in which you consider the following questions:

1. What is Garcin literally saying? In what context does Garcin speak this passage?

2. Explain and describe the pattern of symbols that this passage belongs to. What does the eye mean, in this passage, and in the play?

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