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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 kind of shop does Khlestakov want to get credit in?

2. Who does the assessor say struck him as a child?

3. Where does Khlestakov say he was dissipated?

4. What did the Captain send Sergeant Pugovichyn to do?

5. What does the Governor ask Khlestakov if he wants to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the Mayor say Anna should be ashamed?

2. What do Maria and Anna argue about?

3. What does Osip tell Khlestakov about the Landlord?

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

5. How does Khlestakov tease the Inspector of Schools?

6. How does Khlestakov react when Osip tells him the Mayor has arrived?

7. How does the Inspector of Schools show his nervousness?

8. What does Osip complain about?

9. What story do Dobchinksky and Bobchinsky tell?

10. What is Osip's opinion of his master, Khlestakov?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the play's reception in three different countries including the country in which the book was written. How do their opinions about the books differ? Was the book more influential in one country than another? If so, why?

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following and examine their real life equivalent and how the author adapted it for his play:

1) Life in small Russian towns.

2) The lives of Russian officials.

Essay Topic 3

THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR is translated from Russian into English. How much meaning can a play loses through a translation? What aspects of the play do you think would be the most difficult to express in English? How do you think a translator can overcome these difficulties?

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