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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Preface to Pygmalion. A Professor of Phonetics.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is one of Shaw's purposes in writing this play?
(a) To let people know of the existence of phoneticians and how important they are.
(b) To make people aware of the social inequalities in England.
(c) To entertain people and make them forget their worries for another day.
(d) To encourage people to value all types of accents in English.

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

3. What should happen with the spelling of the English language, according to Shaw?
(a) It should be made as phonetic as Spanish.
(b) It should be simplified to get rid of silent letters.
(c) It should be emphasized more in school so that everyone can learn to spell correctly.
(d) Standardized spelling should disregarded as unnecessary; people should simply sound out words and apply the approximate phonetic spelling.

4. Which system does Shaw use to write his Preface?
(a) Pitman.
(b) Current Shorthand.
(c) Gregg.
(d) A typewriter.

5. Which comment does Shaw make about the realism in his play?
(a) Realism is not to be found in the theater.
(b) Realism is the only style that can be respected in the theater.
(c) A transformation like the one made by the heroine is very possible in real life.
(d) A transformation like the one made by the heroine is obviously not possible in real life.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Sweet think of the Pitman system?

2. What does an upside-down e represent?

3. Based on what you read in the Preface, with which of the following statements do you think Shaw would agree?

4. Why does Shaw's attempt to help Sweet fail?

5. What does Shaw try to do for Sweet?

(see the answer key)

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