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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 Khlestakov say the beef is as hard as?

2. What does the General say he once made for his children?

3. What does Anna tell Dawdling she wants?

4. What language does Artemy say the doctor does not know?

5. What does Khlestakov call Osip?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why do the officials leave the house?

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

4. Why does the Mayor think other towns are too busy to show people around?

5. Why is Anna angry with Maria?

6. How does Khlestakov tease the Inspector of Schools?

7. Why does everyone run out of the Mayor's house so quickly?

8. How did Khlestakov lose all of his money?

9. What does Osip complain about?

10. How does Dobchinsky describe the inspector?

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

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

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?

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