An Inspector Calls

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What term does Mr Birling use to describe himself repeatedly at the start of the play?
'A hard-headed man of business'
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What was the name of the clothes shop in which Eva Smith worked?
Milwards
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Name three dramatic devices used throughout the play.
dramatic irony, entrances and exits, lighting, setting, the doorbell, the telephone
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When was the play written, and what is the significance of the date?
1946 - just after the Second World War.
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What did Priestly want for the future?
A better, more fair world.
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When is the play set, and why?
1912 - It's set just before World War One at the end of the Edwardian society Priestly wanted to change. It's also set the night the Titanic sinks.
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What technique is most obvious in Mr Birling's long speech before the inspector enters?
Dramatic Irony.
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Give two reasons why the audience might think Inspector Goole is not a real policeman before the end of Act Three
He is concerned with morals, not crimes. He behaves oddly interviewing them one at a time. He doesn't seem to care when Birling mentions the chief constable. He knows an awful lot already. He is very bossy. His name.
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What were the circumstances of Eric's relationship with Eva?
Eric met Eva in a bar and bullied her into letting him take her home. He then slept with her as he was 'in that state where a chap easily turns nasty'.
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What is the lighting like before the inspector arrives, and why?
Pink and intimate, to reflect the cosy unconcerned family gathering.
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What sound interrupts Birling's after dinner speech in Act One?
The doorbell announcing the arrival of the inspector.
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Describe the character of Gerald
Wealthy and well-born, Gerald is a snob like Mr Birling to start with, but his dealing with Eva were in many ways the most understandable. He cheats on Sheila, but is honest with her in the end. By the end of the play he seems to be firmly back in Bi
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What does Edna symbolise?
The working class woman who has no choice but to do exactly what she is told if she is to make a crust.
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'Your daughter isn't living on the moon'
Responsibility - how much are members of one community responsible for each other?
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What fictional town do the Birling's live in?
Brumley
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What is the significance of Inspector Goole's name?
Ghoul is another word for ghost - perhaps he isn't quite what he seems.
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How is the family's furniture described at the start of Act One
'heavily comfortable, but not cosy and homelike'
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Who is treated 'like one of the family' and why?
Gerald - he's about to marry Sheila at the start of the play.
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Who gets squiffy, and why does it matter?
Eric - he shows signs of heavy drinking early on in the play and it turns out this has been a problem for a while, and was one of the reasons he got involved with Eva.
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What does Eva Smith change her name to?
Daisy Renton
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How long does Eva work for Arthur Birling?
Around one year.
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"'We don't live alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other."
The Inspector, shortly before he leaves. It's the main moral message of the play.
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dramatic irony, entrances and exits, lighting, setting, the doorbell, the telephone

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1946 - just after the Second World War.

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A better, more fair world.

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