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 color wallpaper will the Inspector General's room have?

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

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

4. What does Anna say the Postmaster probably does as soon as Marya turns her back?

5. What is Ivan Kuzmich's position?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Anna think Maria is to blame?

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

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

5. How does the Warden think they should handle the Inspector?

6. How does the Mayor react to the letter?

7. What do the officials think is the best way to handle the Inspector?

8. Why are the Merchants angry at the Mayor?

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

10. What do the Chief of Police and the Mayor talk about?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR is a satire.

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

The Government Inspector books greatly influenced modern literature. Choose a book that you think was influenced by the play and discuss its similarities with the play in terms of the following:

1) Plot

2) Character

3) Themes

Essay Topic 3

Compare Russian and western culture.

1) What are the differences between the two cultures?

2) In what way have the two cultures influenced each other?

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