Day 1

An Inspector Calls Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    The Birling home is described as being "not cozy or homelike" in the set directions. Based on this description, what expectations might an audience member have for the play?

    If the set of the Birling home is foreboding, audience members (and students reading the script) might be led to expect that some dark events will transpire. A lack of coziness reflects the lack of warmth and understanding between the characters in the Birling household. Students may predict that the Birlings are headed for conflict or are hiding secrets from each other.

  2. 2

    Why is it significant that Sybil is described as "her husband's social superior"?

    Sybil is...

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