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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. Why does Shaw's attempt to help Sweet fail?
(a) Sweet looks down on the theater as unacademic.
(b) Sweet dies before he can see the play.
(c) Sweet only writes libelous articles against his fellow academics.
(d) Sweet has no interest in promoting his ideas to the public.

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

3. What does an upside-down e represent?
(a) A vowel of indefinite sound.
(b) An uncommon vowel in English.
(c) It is a symbol of the uselessnesss of alphabets.
(d) It is similar to a question mark.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. On what basis do some English people despise others?

2. What does Sweet send Shaw?

3. What is a problem with the English language, according to Shaw?

4. Which system does Shaw use to write his Preface?

5. Who is Henry Sweet?

(see the answer key)

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