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Overview of Context for 'An Inspector Calls'

In this worksheet, students will revise the key contextual factors surrounding Priestley's 'An Inspector Calls'.

'Overview of Context for 'An Inspector Calls'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Year:  GCSE

GCSE Subjects:   English Literature

GCSE Boards:   Eduqas, OCR, Pearson Edexcel, AQA,

Curriculum topic:   Post-1914 Prose / Drama, Modern Prose or Drama, Post-1914 Play or Novel, Modern Texts: Drama

Curriculum subtopic:   An Inspector Calls

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

women working in a factory          Titanic        Edwardian lady     


How do the images above relate to the context of 'An Inspector Calls'?


In the exam, you will need to relate all of your points about characters or themes in the play to something about the context in which Priestley was writing.


In this activity we will explore the key contextual factors around 'An Inspector Calls' and will think about:


- aspects of genre

- what was happening in the world at the time Priestley was writing and when the play was set

- Priestley's intentions

- how the play was received


You should always refer to your own text when working through these examples.  These quotations are for reference only.

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