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. Who does Estelle says she has a hard time making friends with?

2. Where did Estelle go with Roger?

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

4. Who is attracted to Estelle?

5. What does Inez describe Estelle's mouth as?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How is Inez's volunteering to be the mirror for Estelle symbolic?

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

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

6. Why is Estelle so upset when she sees Olga tell one of her lovers the truth?

7. In this section of the play, Estelle asks Garcin to hold her. Why?

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

9. How does Garcin feel when Estelle tells him that it does not matter if he is a coward as long as he kisses well?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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