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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. Estelle would rather escape from the room than what?
2. Inez is glad the she and Estelle will...
3. Florence crept out of bed and...
4. Who wanted Estelle to have a baby?
5. Whom is Estelle attracted to?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why did Garcin say he treated his wife so badly?
2. How is Inez's volunteering to be the mirror for Estelle symbolic?
3. Why did Garcin flee to Mexico, and what does it have to do with cowardice?
4. How does Garcin feel when Estelle tells him that it does not matter if he is a coward as long as he kisses well?
5. Why do you think that Estelle is flattered by Inez attention, even after she knows that Inez is being cruel?
6. Do you think that Garcin really would prefer physical torture? Which would you prefer--physical or mental anguish of this kind?
7. Why is Estelle so upset when she sees Olga tell one of her lovers the truth?
8. What does Garcin mean when he says that he can see where talking to each other will lead?
9. Sartre uses a mirror as a symbol in Part 3. Describe how the mirror is important to understanding the character of Estelle.
10. Why is it significant that Garcin's colleagues have called him a coward?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The pen knife is an important symbol because it helps the climax erupt and the play's falling action begin. Discuss the pen knife, its purpose as both a thematic symbol for these characters as well as a literal weapon. What purpose does it serve for Estelle to stab Inez, when she has been torturing her emotionally the whole play, for example. Discuss Garcin's wish that he could substitute physical torture for this mental anguish in terms of this violence.
In addition, decide whether or not you think these three have been punished enough, or if they deserve to be stuck with each other for eternity.
Essay Topic 2
One of the off screen aspects of this play are visions the characters have of their former lives and survivors back on earth. Each of the three sees visions of how life is carrying on without them.
B) Estelle or
and describe what they see when they look back to earth. Be sure to explain what they literally see and what they tell the others in the room about it. Also describe what their vision represents, either symbolically or in terms of the guilt and denial the characters are experiencing.
Essay Topic 3
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]
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