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Identify and Explain Key Quotes in 'An Inspector Calls'

In this worksheet, students will identify and explain key quotes from 'An Inspector Calls'.

'Identify and Explain Key Quotes in 'An Inspector Calls'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

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

QUESTION 1 of 10

In the exam, you will need to able to support your ideas with quotations from the text.

 

 

You should try to build a bank of quotations for each character and theme and learn these so that you can use them readily in your exam response.

 

Top tip for the exam: While it is important to use direct quotations, you will also be rewarded marks for paraphrasing or making reference to part of the text!

 

In this activity you will practise identifying:

 

- who is speaking in particular quotations

- who is being referred to in quotations

- what quotations suggest about a character

- what theme or idea is explored in a quotation

 

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

 

Who speaks the following line in the play?

 

"... when Crofts and Birlings are no longer competing but are working together - for lower costs and higher prices."

Complete the following quotation spoken by Mrs Birling.  Use your text to help you here.

Who speaks the following line in the play?

 

'...a man has to make his own way - has to look after himself - and his family too...'

Mr Birling

Eric

Gerald

Complete the following quotation about Eva Smith where Mr Birling explains why he sacked her. 

 

Use your text to help you here.

Mr Birling

Eric

Gerald

Who shows remorse for their actions to Eva in the following line?

 

"I'll never, never do it again to anybody."

What made Mrs Birling reject Eva's request from help from her charity?

 

Use your text to help you complete the quote.

The following quotation said by Mrs Birling further highlights her prejudice towards Eva.  True or false? 

 

"As if a girl of that sort would ever refuse money."

 

True

False

What theme is explored in the following quotation?

 

"We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other."

Age

Gender

Responsibility

Which character says the lines below?

Column A

Column B

Sheila
"But I'd a special reason for not wanting any publ...
Eric
"But now you're beginning all over again to preten...
Mr Birling
"It's what happened to the girl and what we all di...

Underline the two words in the ending stage directions below that show that the family might finally have to accept their responsibility in Eva's downfall.

\'As they stare guiltily and dumbfounded, the curtain falls.\'
  • Question 1

Who speaks the following line in the play?

 

"... when Crofts and Birlings are no longer competing but are working together - for lower costs and higher prices."

CORRECT ANSWER
Mr Birling
Arthur Birling
Arthur
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get this one? This is from Act 1, early on in the play. Here Priestley highlights Mr Birling's capitalist viewpoint, very much focused on his personal material gain by keeping costs low and prices high. This quotation also shows how marriage in 1912 was more like a business transaction.
  • Question 2

Complete the following quotation spoken by Mrs Birling.  Use your text to help you here.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you fill both spaces? This quotation shows a lot about the gender distinction in 1912. Here we almost get the impression that men talk serious business while the women are excluded from this. Indeed later, the men refer to the women talking about clothes as a way of gaining self-respect. This shows how women were viewed as only being interested in superficial things.
  • Question 3

Who speaks the following line in the play?

 

'...a man has to make his own way - has to look after himself - and his family too...'

CORRECT ANSWER
Mr Birling
EDDIE SAYS
Did you choose Mr Birling? Mr Birling says this in Act 1 - this quotation shows his lack of belief in community and in the idea of social responsibility. Priestley presents Mr Birling with a capitalist viewpoint.
  • Question 4

Complete the following quotation about Eva Smith where Mr Birling explains why he sacked her. 

 

Use your text to help you here.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you manage to fill both spaces? Priestley depicts the working class struggle through the character of Eva, and being a working class woman, would have placed her right at the bottom of the social hierarchy in 1912. However, Eva is presented as a modern woman; she's willing to stand up for her rights. Priestley shows that capitalist men like Mr Birling, however, made it impossible for women like Eva to succeed.
  • Question 5

Who shows remorse for their actions to Eva in the following line?

 

"I'll never, never do it again to anybody."

CORRECT ANSWER
Sheila
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot this was Sheila? This is taken from Act 1. Sheila is one of the younger generation in the play who accept their responsibility in Eva's downfall and show remorse for their actions. Priestley shows that the younger generation were the ones who could pave the way forward for more equality in society.
  • Question 6

What made Mrs Birling reject Eva's request from help from her charity?

 

Use your text to help you complete the quote.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you manage to fill both spaces? Mrs Birling admits that she was prejudiced against Eva's case - she clearly looks down on Eva, particularly because Eva used her name and she doesn't want to be associated with this type of working-class woman. Mrs Birling represents the prejudice and lack of community in 1912 which valued reputation and social status over others' welfare.
  • Question 7

The following quotation said by Mrs Birling further highlights her prejudice towards Eva.  True or false? 

 

"As if a girl of that sort would ever refuse money."

 

CORRECT ANSWER
True
EDDIE SAYS
How did you do? Did you think that this sentence showed prejudice? The use of the phrase "that sort" really shows that Mrs Birling looks down on Eva and the class of people she feels she belongs to. Priestley shows the strong class divide that existed in Edwardian Britain.
  • Question 8

What theme is explored in the following quotation?

 

"We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other."

CORRECT ANSWER
Responsibility
EDDIE SAYS
This quotation is a line spoken by the Inspector. The Inspector represents a socialist viewpoint and tries to teach the Birlings about the importance of social responsibility - the idea of a community that supports each other.
  • Question 9

Which character says the lines below?

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Sheila
"But now you're beginning all ove...
Eric
"It's what happened to the girl a...
Mr Birling
"But I'd a special reason for not...
EDDIE SAYS
Did you manage to match them all? Notice how the younger generation accept responsibility for their actions while Mr Birling, representative of the older generation, is more concerned with his own reputation. Priestley shows that the younger generation were the ones capable of paving the way forward for a more liberal and equal society.
  • Question 10

Underline the two words in the ending stage directions below that show that the family might finally have to accept their responsibility in Eva's downfall.

CORRECT ANSWER
'As they stare guiltily and dumbfounded, the curtain falls.'
EDDIE SAYS
Did you underline 'guiltily' and 'dumbfounded'? Remember, when Gerald reveals that Inspector Goole was fake, Mr and Mrs Birling and Gerald think they have escaped from blame and got away with what they've done! They're shown to have failed to learn anything from the lesson that Inspector Goole taught them about social responsibility. However, he says that there will be "fire, blood and anguish" if the lesson isn't learnt. When the play ends with the news of the death of a girl and an Inspector coming, we get the sense that the Birlings will pay for their selfish attitudes after all!
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