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

2. 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 entertain people and make them forget their worries for another day.
(c) To make people aware of the social inequalities in England.
(d) To encourage people to value all types of accents in English.

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

4. To Shaw, what is the main advantage of Henry Sweet's "Current Shorthand"?
(a) It can be used on postcards, where there is limited space to write.
(b) It can express every sound in the language perfectly.
(c) It can be used as a kind of secret code or cryptogram.
(d) Everyone is familiar with it, as it is widely taught in secretarial schools.

5. Who is Alexander Melville Bell?
(a) A phonetics expert who invented a phonetic spelling called Visible Speech.
(b) A playwright who was a rival of Shaw's.
(c) A London patriarch.
(d) The inventor of the telephone.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which of the following does Shaw identify as a problem among his fellow English?

3. What does Sweet send Shaw?

4. Why doesHenry Sweet not become more prominent?

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

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