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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. How many mirrors does Estelle have in her bedroom?
2. How did Garcin's wife die?
3. What does Estelle want from Garcin?
4. Why does Inez offer Estelle a place on her couch?
5. Where do Olga and Peter go?
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. Why do you think that Estelle is flattered by Inez attention, even after she knows that Inez is being cruel?
3. Why did Garcin flee to Mexico, and what does it have to do with cowardice?
4. Why does Estelle shed no actual tears when she cries?
5. In this section of the play, Estelle asks Garcin to hold her. Why?
6. If Inez does not seem to care about her appearance, why does she normally carry a mirror?
7. What does Garcin mean when he says that he can see where talking to each other will lead?
8. What do you think of Inez's attempt to woo Estelle by calling her by the romantic names her lovers used to use?
9. Why do you think that Inez tries to pull Garcin off Estelle?
10. Do you think that Garcin really would prefer physical torture? Which would you prefer--physical or mental anguish of this kind?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Since Garcin was a pacifist whose weakness was a fear of being a coward, he is particularly concerned with what his colleagues at the newspaper thought of him. Describe how Garcin's pacifism affects his behavior in the room. Does he refuse to fight? Does he show cowardice in his interactions with Estelle and Inez? What does he feel during his various visions of life going on without him?
In addition, decide whether or not you think Garcin was really a coward and write a paragraph supporting your opinion.
Essay Topic 2
Estelle is characterized as the most selfish of the three characters. Explain the details Sartre uses to show these aspects of her character, including her physical description, her behavior in the room as well as her actions before.
A) Consider her life before: her marriage, affair and pregnancy. What do these details demonstrate about her as a person?
B) Consider her behavior in the room. How does she act, and how do you think that her treatment of Garcin and Inez contributes to the overall conflict of the play?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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