Pygmalion Multiple Choice Test Questions

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Preface to Pygmalion. A Professor of Phonetics

1. Which of the following does Shaw identify as a problem among his fellow English?
(a) The English are snobs who look down on people who can't speak English.
(b) The English do not bother to learn other European languages.
(c) The English can't speak their own language properly.
(d) The English are poor spellers.

2. What is a problem with the English language, according to Shaw?
(a) It is not spelled the way it should be pronounced.
(b) It is difficult for foreigners to learn well.
(c) It is a vulgar language when compared to Latinate languages such as French.
(d) It doesn't have a beautiful sound when spoken.

3. Which elements of the English alphabet have no agreed speech value?
(a) The consonants.
(b) The consonants and some vowels.
(c) The vowels.
(d) The vowels and some consonants.

4. On what basis do some English people despise others?
(a) Whether they are foreign or native-born citizens.
(b) Their level of education.
(c) Their accents or dialects of English.
(d) Their socioeconomic class.

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