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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 ask the Inspector General not to do to him?

2. What does the governor say the patients look as grimy as?

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

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

5. What game does Khlestakov say he wants to play?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Klestakov say about his stay so far?

2. How do the Merchants react to the Mayor's anger?

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

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

5. Why does the Mayor want to get the Inspector drunk?

6. What do Maria and Anna argue about?

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

8. What does Khlestakov tell Anna?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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