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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. Inez says that she won't do any harm if she is left alone with whom?
2. When Garcin is paying attention to what is happening at the newspaper office, what is he hearing?
3. Where did Estelle go with Roger?
4. Who wanted Estelle to have a baby?
5. Estelle would rather escape from the room than what?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why do you think that Inez tries to pull Garcin off Estelle?
2. Do you think that Garcin really would prefer physical torture? Which would you prefer--physical or mental anguish of this kind?
3. Why do you think that Inez would rather deal with hell face to face?
4. Why did Garcin flee to Mexico, and what does it have to do with cowardice?
5. Why is Estelle so upset when she sees Olga tell one of her lovers the truth?
6. Why does Estelle shed no actual tears when she cries?
7. Sartre uses a mirror as a symbol in Part 3. Describe how the mirror is important to understanding the character of Estelle.
8. What do you think is the worst thing Garcin did to his wife?
9. How is Inez's volunteering to be the mirror for Estelle symbolic?
10. 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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
Punishment and suffering are two major themes in this play, especially in terms of characterizing the three main characters. Chose one of the options below:
A) The characters deserved their punishment as it fit their crimes.
B) The characters did not deserve to suffer the way they did. Their actions in the room should make up for their crimes.
Please chose just one character to write about (Garcin, Inez or Florence) and write an essay that makes an argument for either A) or B) above.
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