This GCSE English Literature quiz will test your skills of comprehension in An Inspector Calls by JB Priestley.
Understanding a text is one of the most important skills to master, but it is not always easy! Authors very rarely state what they mean directly. Instead, they show the reader what they want to convey through character, setting, plot, theme and dialogue. This means that you have to pay attention and try to understand a text as you read. Sometimes you might even need to go back and reread sections when you realise you don’t understand as well as you should.
Comprehension works on several levels simultaneously. Be sure that you understand how the context relates to events and how each event is related to the others. Sometimes jotting down a quick timeline of events can help.
With characters, think about the motivation behind their actions. What are the clues in the text which explain their behaviour? Can you trust their words at face value, or do you need to listen for subtext and undertones? Do their words always match their actions and their beliefs? If not, why not?
It can also be useful to think about beginnings and endings. What is the reason for the text to begin at a certain place? How do you know about previous events? Does the author rely on flashbacks, for example? Are future events foreshadowed? How? You can consider individual chapters, scenes or acts in a play in the same way. Why has the author structured the text in a certain way? How does it add to the meaning and to your understanding?
Read the questions below on An Inspector Calls and test your knowledge and understanding of the text.