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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) A professor of English literatures specializing in Shakespeare and Milton.
(b) An energetic enthusiast who supports language reform.
(c) A multilinguist and expert in Latinate languages.
(d) A low-class person who cannot speak the language properly.

2. According to Shaw, what can people do to get rid of their low-class accents?
(a) They should imitate people who speak proper English.
(b) They must be trained by a phonetics expert.
(c) It cannot be done in real life.
(d) People should not try to get rid of their low-class accents; they should be proud of the way they speak.

3. Which character in Pygmalion is based in part on Henry Sweet?
(a) Doolittle.
(b) Pickering.
(c) Neppomuck.
(d) Higgins.

4. Which is true of Pygmalion at the time Shaw wrote his Preface?
(a) It is extremely successful in America, but not in Europe.
(b) It is extremely successful on stage, and he hopes to make a movie of it.
(c) It is extremely successful in Europe, and he hopes to make it so in America.
(d) It is extremely successful on stage and screen all over North America and Europe.

5. What are the Pitman and Gregg systems?
(a) Early dictaphones.
(b) Successful business organizations.
(c) Popular systems of shorthand.
(d) Phonetic alphabets.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is one example Shaw gives of when people might want to change their accents?

3. At which university does Sweet teach?

4. What does an upside-down e represent?

5. Which elements of the English alphabet have no agreed speech value?

(see the answer key)

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