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. What does Estelle want from Garcin?

2. Which character claims, at first, not to know why s/he would be in the room?

3. How did Garcin attempt to flee?

4. What did Estelle do to her baby?

5. When Garcin sees Gomez, how much time has passed?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is it significant that Garcin's colleagues have called him a coward?

2. What do you think of Inez's promise to not do Garcin any harm if he leaves her and Estelle in peace?

3. Why did Garcin flee to Mexico, and what does it have to do with cowardice?

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

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

6. What is Inez guilty of?

7. If Inez does not seem to care about her appearance, why does she normally carry a mirror?

8. Why does Inez lie about Estelle's pimple?

9. Why does Inez describe Estelle's mouth as cruel?

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

How one character punishes another is of primary importance in this play. The reasons why these three are each other's perfect torturers are revealed in the action of the play and in the things the characters say to each other. Chose one of the following and write an essay:

A) How Inez is the best torturer for Garcin.

B) How Garcin is the best torturer for Estelle.

C) How Estelle is the best torturer for Inez.

Be sure to explain the specific ways in which the character tortured his/her fellow character, and why their particular ways of inflicting pain were sure to be the most painful. In addition, briefly state which one would be the best torturer for you and why.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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