This GCSE English Literature quiz about An Inspector Calls by JB Priestley gives you the chance to test your skills in using evidence from a text. When you make a point, you will want to strengthen it by pointing to some evidence.
There are three main ways to use evidence in support of a point when writing about a text: paraphrase, quoting single words or short phrases, and quoting longer sections of text. The first of these, paraphrasing, is often neglected. By writing in detail about a text, you demonstrate your knowledge even if you don’t use any quotes.
If you wish to draw attention to a specific choice of language, however, you would be better choosing the second option, which is to quote single words or short phrases. Sometimes, a mix of paraphrase and quotation can be used in the same sentence. This is often better than dropping multiple quotes into a long, unwieldy sentence.
The final option is to quote a full sentence or two. This is the best choice when the full sentence is needed either because a phrase on its own won’t make sense or because you wish to discuss the longer quotation in close detail.
For example, you might wish to argue that Inspector Goole represents the conscience. To do so, you might:
Test your skills on An Inspector Calls with these questions.
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