Pygmalion Quiz | Two Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Act 3.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is Robert Bridges and what does he have in common with Higgins?
(a) A professor at Oxford who, like Higgins, had a fiery temper.
(b) An expert in shorthand who, like Higgins, lived in England.
(c) A portrait painter who, like Higgins, loved phonetics.
(d) A phonetician who, like Higgins, greatly admired Milton.

2. What type of person does Shaw indicate is the hero of Pygmalion?
(a) A professor of English literatures specializing in Shakespeare and Milton.
(b) An energetic enthusiast who supports language reform.
(c) A low-class person who cannot speak the language properly.
(d) A multilinguist and expert in Latinate languages.

3. How does the Flower Girl know Freddy's name?
(a) They are secretly lovers.
(b) She doesn't; she calls all young men "Freddy" or "Charlie."
(c) She heard the women call him by that name.
(d) She has seen him somewhere before.

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

5. What do Pickering and Higgins say makes Liza a "genius"?
(a) She can charm anyone she meets instantly.
(b) She can remember all of Higgins's appointments and finds his slippers when he loses them.
(c) She has a perfect ear and can imitate any sound she hears.
(d) She knows exactly what to say in any social situation.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do the bystanders treat Liza when she becomes upset?

2. Why is Clara annoyed with her mother?

3. According to Shaw, what can people do to get rid of their low-class accents?

4. Why doesn't Sweet's shorthand become popular?

5. Who is delighted with Liza's "small talk" during the social visit with the Eynsford Hills in Act 3?

(see the answer key)

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