10En3 – Mr Dettman – A.I.C Act 1 Questions

Due: Wednesday 23rd September

Things are hotting up in the Birling household!  After a ‘jolly old evening’ celebrating the engagement of Gerald Croft and Sheila Birling, an Inspector has turned the household into a tumultuous setting where characters are beginning to question their own involvement – their ‘responsibility’ in the death of a young woman, Eva Smith.

  1. Describe the setting (where it takes place) of the opening of the play.  Why has JB Priestley decided to use the Birling’s home as a setting for the play?
  2. Choose one character, and decide how and why JB Priestley has portrayed (shown) them.  What are their positive and negative points?
  3. Where has ‘responsibility‘ (blame in this case) been cast by Inspector Goole?  Do you think the accusation is correct?
  4. Choose how one character responds to the accusations. Why do they react like this?  Does this reaction show a different side to them, or confirm (prove) what we knew about them?
  5. Do you think the character(s) are ‘responsible’ (blameful) at this stage?  Provide a reason for your answer.

Extension: Write a short reflection to Act 1, as if you were Eva Smith, in a Diary format. (See picture below)

Eva Smith's Diary 1

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3 thoughts on “10En3 – Mr Dettman – A.I.C Act 1 Questions

  1. Jack Hammond

    An old like posh mantion all fancy and upper class,jb Priestley has used it because it shows how upper class Mr birling is,Gerard he is upper class and show respect for his family,y and his fiancés fa,ily because if rivalness side day one,not really sure at this point Mr burley know who the inspector is on about but tries to avoid it and isn’t taking any responsibility,Birlings son takes stuff to do with Gerard and his fiancé really badly seem normal but two faced,there not responsible at all at any part to do with the marriage or the death because it isn’t taken well not how they want it to be.

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  2. elliothobson

    The first scene is set in a upper class house where mister Berling and his relatives live JB priestly (the creator of inspector calls) has set the scenes in the upper class house because of house nice a home is and its meant to be a safe calm loving place but JB priestly portrayed the house as a place of sadness and anger (and very good inspecting.)

    I have chosen Eric to be the person im describing because of his calmness. JB priestly has portrayed Eric as a man who can get sqiffy very easily and is treated like a kid and is not very smart and easily amused but as you go into the play you see that he is a smart generous and caring person who want to care for eva thats all i say.

    I think the blame from inspector goole should go on mrs Berling because she had no reason what so ever to do that to eva she (further on) she did not have to deny eva of the money because she was only young and she needed money to eat food and to help the baby grow.

    Mr berling at the start seems to be a nice calm business man who loves his daughter
    and wants to become a good step farther but it turns out as you go on he’s a very territorial and horrid man to him women and workers are be little to his mind.

    Every one is blamed for Eva’s death because eva took steps to her death because of how every- one treated her they all took part in her death but she took steeps in there life so for her butting in she’s also to blame for this.

    Thank you sir this home work is much better (for someone like me as well as myself) because it had 5 questions about what i liked and there was not farthing around with a game no offence. Thank you sir!

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  3. Aaron Smith

    In one of the clips is the man ( upper class ) he all a his relatives live JB priestly (the creator of inspector calls) has set the scenes in the upper class house because of house nice a home is and its meant to be a safe calm loving place but JB priestly portrayed the house as a place of sadness and anger (and very good inspecting.)

    I have chosen Eric to be the person im describing because of his calmness. JB priestly has portrayed Eric as a man who can get sqiffy very easily and is treated like a kid and is not very smart and easily amused but as you go into the play you see that he is a smart generous and caring person who want to care for eva thats all i say but he react to it very quick and not nice any more to him and butting her into blame when it was not her who did it

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