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 poor spellers.
(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 snobs who look down on people who can't speak English.

2. What is a problem with the English language, according to Shaw?
(a) It is difficult for foreigners to learn well.
(b) It is not spelled the way it should be pronounced.
(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 vowels and some consonants.
(b) The vowels.
(c) The consonants and some vowels.
(d) The 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 socioeconomic class.
(d) Their accents or dialects of English.

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