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 does the governor say Derzhimorda should not be so free with?

2. What does Khlestovov think about selling?

3. What does the Servant say is for dinner?

4. What institutions does Khlestakov say he wants to visit?

5. What does the Governor say is his position in town?

Short Essay Questions

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

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 the Mayor think other towns are too busy to show people around?

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

6. Why are the women angry at the Mayor?

7. What does the Mayor promise to God?

8. What does Khlestakov say he will do if the Mayor will not allow him to marry Maria?

9. What does Khlestakov say in his letter?

10. What does the Inspector of Schools say in an aside about gambling?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Examine the novel's chronological setting.

1) What were the main concerns during the 1830s? How does Gogol express these concerns?

2) How would the author have to change the play if it were set in today's society?

Essay Topic 2

Compare a character to the person he or she was at the beginning of the play to what he or she is like at the end .

1) What did the character hope to achieve at the beginning of the play?

2) What events changes the character's ideas about life?

3) How has character changed by the end of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

What is an aside? When and why is it used? How does Gogol use asides in his play? How is an aside different from a soliloquy?

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