An Inspector Calls – HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW?Image2.jpg
  • ACT 1
1. When is the play set?
2. From the initial stage directions, how do we know that the Birlings have an affluent lifestyle?
3. Quote how the lighting is described at first, then when the inspector arrives.
4. Who is a ‘heavy-looking, rather portentous man in his middle fifties’?
5. Who is ‘not quite at ease, half-shy, half-assertive’?
6. Who is ‘very pleased with life’?
7. Who is ‘very much the easy well-bred young man-about-town’?
8. How is Mrs Birling described?
9. What are they celebrating?
10. Name the maid.
11. What type of businessman does Mr Birling think he is?
12. What does Sheila’s engagement to Gerald mean to Arthur?
13. Name 2 major events that Birling predicts incorrectly in his long speech.
14. Why does Priestley script the doorbell to ring when it does?
15. On arrival, quote two words/phrases that illustrate the inspector.
16. Why was Eva dismissed from Birling and Co.?
17. Where does Eva get a job afterwards?
18. How does Eva die? (be specific!)
19. Who says: ‘the way some of these cranks talk and write now, you’d think everybody has to look after everybody else, as if we were all mixed up together like bees in a hive.’
20. Who says: ‘You seem to be a nice, well-behaved family.’
21. Who says: ‘She was very pretty and looked as if she could take care of herself. I couldn’t be sorry for her.’
22. It is the Inspector’s task to confront deception and peel away layers of lies and self-protection. To do this, he often turns the character’s words on their head. What are his responses to these quotes?
SHEILA: ‘I feel I can never go there again. Oh – why had this to happen?’
23. (Inspector’s response?)
BIRLING: ‘Why the devil do you want to go upsetting the child like that?’
24. (Inspector’s response?)
SHEILA: ‘if I could help her now I would.’
25. (Inspector’s response?)
GERALD: ‘After all, y’know, we’re respectable citizens and not criminals.’Image 3.jpg

  • ACT 2
1. Who was harassing Eva/Daisy in the Palace Bar?
2. What phrase is later used to describe him, much to the disgust of Mr and Mrs Birling?
3. Who expresses very definite views as to who is ‘entirely responsible’ for Eva’s death?
4. What does Sheila give to Gerald before he leaves?
5. Why does Mrs Birling remain nonchalant (casual/detached) even when she has seen the photograph?
6. How does Gerald attempt to defend the affair initially?
7. How does the Inspector claim to know so much about her life?
8. Who says this and to whom?
‘I feel you’re beginning all wrong.’
9. Who says this and to whom?
‘I never take offence’.
10. The Inspector creates a play on the word ‘offence’ – what are the two meanings of the word that become tangled in this Act?
11. Throughout the act, moral judgements are made by the audience and the characters themselves about each other. Who condemns whom here?
‘I think it was cruel and vile’.
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13. The Inspector claims that the girl needed more than money. He lists three things – what are they?
14. How does Mrs. Birling give many of her answers?
15. What does the Inspector’s visit expose about Eric that Mrs. Birling claimed not to be aware of?
16. How does she refer to her son in this scene?
18. In what 3 ways does Gerald describe Daisy when he first meets her that made her look ‘totally out of place’ at the Palace Bar? _ and and _
17. Who says ‘I must say, we are learning something tonight’?
18. Quote the line in which the Inspector attempts to make Mr. Birling realise that Sheila isn’t a dreamy little girl.
19. Who is described as the ‘fairy prince’ and by whom?
20. When Gerald has confessed his role in knowing Eva, why does Mr. B intervene and begin defending him in front of Sheila?
21. The Inspector is angered by Mr. B’s inability to accept any responsibility for his actions. The Inspector tells him’ Public men, Mr Birling, have as well as _.’ Complete quote.
22. What specific form of language does the Inspector use to try and enforce guilt onto the family?
Give an example from the text __.
23. What is the term used in a play when the audience know more about the plot and how it seems to be unfolding than the characters on stage?


  • ACT 3
1. What is the mood in the dining room at the start of this act?....and why?
2. What effect do this evening’s events have on the Birling family and their relationships?
3. How should the actor playing the Inspector listen to Eric’s story and why?
4. Why does it ‘not much matter’ to Sheila whether the Inspector was a real policeman or not?
5. Why does it matter a ‘devil of a lot’ to Mr Birling?
6. Who says ‘It’s what happened to the girl and what we all did to her that matters’?
7. List 3 features of the play that justify its name as a murder mystery.
8. How do the final stage directions instruct the actors to ‘stare’ as the curtain falls? _ and ___
9. What are the 3 ‘unities’ of the play?
10. What is the term used to describe the way in which the acting mirrors the scenario as if it was really unfolding?