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

2. What is one example Shaw gives of when people might want to change their accents?
(a) To become teachers.
(b) To win love.
(c) To meet monarchs such as the Queen of Spain.
(d) To play the Queen of Spain onstage.

3. What is one of Shaw's purposes in writing this play?
(a) To encourage people to value all types of accents in English.
(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 let people know of the existence of phoneticians and how important they are.

4. What should happen with the English alphabet, according to Shaw?
(a) It should be increased to the size of the Russian alphabet.
(b) It should be the same as the Spanish alphabet.
(c) It should be completely modified to conform with classical Greek letters.
(d) It should be simplified to include only the most essential letters.

5. What does Sweet think of the Pitman system?
(a) He despises it.
(b) He never knows of it because he dies before it is invented.
(c) He thinks it is brilliant and uses it as a model.
(d) He doesn't like it because it is not phonetic.

Short Answer Questions

1. At which university does Sweet teach?

2. What are the Pitman and Gregg systems?

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

4. When does Shaw first become interested in the subject of phonetics?

5. Which character in Pygmalion is based in part on Henry Sweet?

(see the answer key)

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