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1

Who were the suffrages?

They were the people that fought for women’s rights to vote and for equality

2

Whats the great unrest?

The great unrest was between 1910 and the first world war. It was when workers organised a union for the first time, there were strikes because there wasn’t equal pay. The strikes stopped because the war started.

3

Who was Arthur Birlings wife?

Sybil birling

4

Who were sybil and Arthurs children?

Eric and sheila

5

Who was edna?

The maid

6

What was the inspectors name?

Inspector goole

7

Who was sheilas boyfriend?

Gerald croft

8

What are the themes in inspector calls?

Mystery
Morality
Class division
Socialism
Generation gaps
Poverty
Responsibility
Family
Wealth
Marriage
Relationship

9

What genre is inspector calls?

Mystery

10

What form is an inspector calls?

Well-made play

11

What are the features of a well made play?

Exposition: (opening) gentle intro, basic info on main characters, context and themes
Perfect timed entrances and exits
The obligatory scene
The climatic curtain
Mistaken identity
Plot- one major storyline with no subplots
The denouement (ending)- logical and plausible

12

Where is the background context in inspector calls?

The first paragraph

13

Mr Birling: “community and all that nonsense” suggests?

He thinks its silly and doesn’t want to get involved

14

Mr Birling: “community and all that nonsense”
What does this suggest about his character?

Hes a capitalist and he dismises the idea of community, hes single minded and selfish.
He’s portrayed as a negative character

15

Mr Birling: “community and all that nonsense”
What was the writers intention?

Creates conflict because the view is oppositional to the writers.
Its a representation of the capitalist
This spotlights the mind of someone who is a capitalist.

16

What does Mr Birlings obligatory scene highlight to the audience about his character?

He is stubborn, arrogant and he doesn’t take any responsibility for his actions

17

Whats the significance of sheilas entrance?

It implies sheila played a part in evas downfall and therefore death.

This will build dramatic tension as the audience begins to make connections

In addition to this it highlights priestleys intention to make the audience aware of social responsibility

18

What does sheilas obligatory scene highlight about her character?

Shes more willing to admit responsibility for her actions

Shes self conscious about her image

She feels empathy for eva smith.

JB priestley suggests the younger gen are more open minded

19

What does inspector goole represent?

Socialism and Priestleys opinions

20

Whats the obligatory scene?

A secret is revealed which adds dramatic tension

21

Whats the climatic curtain?

Tense and highly dramatic moment

22

Whats the purpose of the climatic curtain in act 1?

The audience are left confused and are wondering who to blame, this builds tension as the climatic curtain cuts through the obligatory scene.

23

The inspector “we are all members of one body, we are responsible for each other”
What does this suggest about the inspector?

This suggests hes a socialist

24

The inspector “we are all members of one body, we are responsible for each other”
What are the writers intentions, themes and messages?

The inspector is a voice box for Priestley. This creates conflict between the inspector and Mr Birling because they have opposite views. This highlights a socialist who is respectful towards community

25

Mr Birling “girls of that class”
What does this suggest about character?

He is a puritanical elitest who looks down on the lower class, hes rich and full of himself

26

Mr Birling “girls of that class”
Whats the writers intention, themes and messages?

It shows women were taken advantage of. Theres a high expectation for higher class girls.

Its demonstrates how a capitalist society is unfair.

27

Inspector
“If men do not learn this lesson then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish”
What does this suggest about the character?

He is very serious and wise. He’s trying to get his point across and he seems to be quite annoyed.

28

Inspector
“If men do not learn this lesson then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish”
What are the writers intentions, themes and messages?

Teach people to learn from each others mistakes

29

Mr Birling
“Absolutely unsinkable”
What does this suggest about the character?

He believes in his class and that if people of a high class believe something, so does he.
He stubborn
He thinks he knows best this shows his ignorance and the dangers of extravagance
He wants to uphold his wealth

30

Mr Birling
“Absolutely unsinkable”
What does this reflect on the writers intentions, themes and messages?

He highlights that most capitalists always believe they are correct.
Jest because somebody is rich that doesnt make them smart.

31

Sheila
“These girls arent cheap labour- theyre people”
What does this suggest about the character?

Defends womens right, represents suffragettes.
Creates conflict between sheila and her parents.
Believes in equality.

32

Sheila
“These girls arent cheap labour- theyre people”
How does this reflect the writers intentions, themes and messages?

Representing the suffragettes at this time.
Younger people are more receptive to change.

33

Words to describe Mr Birling?

Selfish
Confrontational
Happy
Capitalist
Full of himself
Arrogant
Extravagant
Self centred
Spiteful
Cold hearted
Ruthless
Wont take responsibility
Closed minded

34

Themes Mr Birling represents?
Give evidence

Class division
“Absolutely unsinkable”

Wealth
“Community and all that nonsense”

Generation gap

Capitalism

Responsibility
“Edna’ll do it”

35

What messages do priestly send through Mr Birling?

Money and power corrupt people

Money changes peoples level of empathy

The older gen are closed minded and not willing to change

Money can cause ignorance to dangers of extravagance

Money cant make a family happy

36

Summarise act 2

Sheila tries to worn her mother of the inspector

Mrs B gets questioned

Eric leaves

Mrs B reveals she turned away Eva in her time of need

Mrs B blames whoever got eva pregnant

Its revealed eric stole money from mr and mrs B qnd got eva preggo

Eric drinks alot

Sheila has chaned because of her obligatory scene

37

Inspector
“Millions and millions of eva smiths and john smith”
What does this suggets about his character?

Defends the lower classes. Highlights the vast amount of people in the world and hoe we impact each other.