The Government Inspector Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What character enters the room in Scene 2?

2. What is Ivan Kuzmich's position?

3. What does the Governor say the assessor reeks of?

4. Where is the Inspector General from?

5. What world does Khlestakov say he is accustomed to living in?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Anna and the Mayor fantasize about doing when their daughter marries the Inspector?

2. How did the Postmaster find out "the inspector" is not an Inspector after all?

3. How does the Mayor react when the Chief of Police tells him he is wearing a hat box on his head instead of his hat?

4. Why does Khlestakov refuse the Mayor's offer of better accommodation?

5. What does Khlestakov brag to the women about?

6. How do the Mayor and Khlestakov greet each other?

7. What does the Mayor ask the Postmaster to do?

8. How does the Judge react when he overhears the Mayor telling the Postmaster to steam open letters?

9. What do Bobchinsky and Dobchinsky want Khlestakov to do for them?

10. How does Khlestakov turn the conversation away from the accusation that he is lying?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1


1) What are the conventions of the genre in terms of character, language and plot?

In what way did the the play help to set the template for similar satires? Does modern literature still use the ideas Gogol uses in THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR?

Essay Topic 2

In 1952, THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR was made into a film called REVIZOR. Why do you think the themes and ideas in the book aree still relevant 100 years later? How did the filmmakers adapt the themes to fit in with the new environment? How did these changes affect the meaning of the story?

Essay Topic 3

Examine the play's dialogue. How does Gogol's dialogue contribute to the following areas:

1) Character

2) Setting

3) Plot

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