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Evaluate Key Characters and Their Development in 'An Inspector Calls'

In this worksheet, students will evaluate the key characters in 'An Inspector Calls', considering Priestley's use of language, structure and dramatic devices and how the characters reflect the context in which the play was written and set.

'Evaluate Key Characters and Their Development 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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This activity is all about evaluating characters and their roles within the play.


How far do you agree that Gerald's actions towards Eva were immoral?

To what extent do the characters learn from the Inspector's message about social responsibility?

Which character is the most guilty?

What is the significance of Inspector Goole being proven as a fake?


To achieve the highest marks in your exam response, you will need to offer a personal and perceptive interpretation.


This means that you need to:

- Ask questions of the characters

- Think about all of the different ways we might view them- positive and negative

- Think about whether they change throughout the play

- Try to evaluate how far we can say they possess a particular characteristic


Remember that you will also need to show a close analysis of the writer's techniques in presenting a particular character and relate your ideas to the key contextual factors surrounding the play.


In this activity, you will evaluate how each character is presented in 'An Inspector Calls'.


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


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