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Evaluate Key Quotes and Their Impact in 'An Inspector Calls'

In this worksheet, students will evaluate the impact of key quotations by analysing the effect of Priestley's use of language, structure and dramatic devices and considering how quotations reflect the context in which the play was written and set.

'Evaluate Key Quotes and Their Impact in '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

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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.


For a higher mark in the exam, you should try to analyse quotations closely and evaluate their impact.


The diagram below shows how we can analyse quotations for the highest marks in the exam:


'unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable'    arrow   Dramatic Irony  arrow     The audience of 1946 know that actually, the Titanic did sink. Mr Birling's use of 'absolutely' conveys his certainty and a sense of arrogance. arrow     Priestley's intention was to undermine Mr Birling's viewpoint and capitalism which he represents.


So, for each quotation you use, think about:


- what language and structural techniques have the writer used and what effect do these have?

- how do the quotations reflect something about the key contextual factors surrounding the novel?


In this activity, we will practise evaluating the impact of quotations in this way.


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

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