Pygmalion Quiz | Eight Week Quiz B

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Act 1.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is Henry Sweet?
(a) The editor of a monthly review.
(b) A sweet-tempered professor of language and literature.
(c) A high official who popularized the subject of phonetics.
(d) A phonetics expert whom Shaw admired.

2. 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.

3. Why doesn't Sweet's shorthand become popular?
(a) It is not legible.
(b) It is not a complete and exact phonetic script.
(c) It is very difficult to learn.
(d) He does not have the business organization he needs to popularize it.

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) Everyone is familiar with it, as it is widely taught in secretarial schools.
(c) It can express every sound in the language perfectly.
(d) It can be used as a kind of secret code or cryptogram.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why doesHenry Sweet not become more prominent?

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

3. What are the Pitman and Gregg systems?

4. Which best describes the first scene?

5. Why can't Liza read what Higgins writes?

(see the answer key)

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