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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What surprises Mrs. Pearce?
(a) Liza has no underwear.
(b) Liza has only one change of clothing to her name.
(c) Liza's clothing is torn and dirty.
(d) Liza never wears pajamas; she sleeps in her underwear.

2. How does Liza feel about the bedroom she'll be staying in?
(a) She's amazed by its luxurious furnishings.
(b) She's not used to sleeping in a bed and it seems very strange to her.
(c) She says it makes her feel like a duchess.
(d) She thinks it's too good and clean for the likes of her.

3. At the end of Act 2, Higgins is shown teaching Liza a lesson. What specifically does Higgins teach Liza?
(a) How to hold a cup of tea.
(b) How to say her alphabet properly.
(c) How to behave like a perfect lady.
(d) How to read the works of Shakespeare and Milton.

4. What does Higgins say about women?
(a) He thinks all women are silly creatures, like animals.
(b) He has a hard time controlling himself around beautiful women.
(c) He thinks men are superior to women and should tell them what to do.
(d) He's happier without them and is a confirmed bachelor.

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

6. What is Liza afraid will kill her?
(a) The draft from the window.
(b) The electric lights.
(c) A bath.
(d) Her father, if he finds out where she is.

7. Which of the following describes Liza's home?
(a) A dirty shack she shares with her whole family.
(b) She sleeps in a suburban kitchen with a fireplace.
(c) She is homeless and sleeps in an alley.
(d) A small, shabby room in an alley.

8. What does Higgins notice about Liza's father, Doolittle?
(a) He seems cruel and conniving.
(b) He has a natural talent with language.
(c) Despite his poverty, he seems like an honest fellow.
(d) He has the same horrible accent as Liza.

9. How does the Flower Girl know Freddy's name?
(a) She heard the women call him by that name.
(b) She doesn't; she calls all young men "Freddy" or "Charlie."
(c) They are secretly lovers.
(d) She has seen him somewhere before.

10. Which comment does Shaw make about the realism in his play?
(a) Realism is not to be found in the theater.
(b) A transformation like the one made by the heroine is very possible in real life.
(c) Realism is the only style that can be respected in the theater.
(d) A transformation like the one made by the heroine is obviously not possible in real life.

11. Where does Liza tell Freddy she is going at the end of Act 1?
(a) To jump in the river.
(b) To see Higgins.
(c) Buckingham Palace.
(d) Home.

12. On what basis do some English people despise others?
(a) Their socioeconomic class.
(b) Their accents or dialects of English.
(c) Whether they are foreign or native-born citizens.
(d) Their level of education.

13. Who is Robert Bridges and what does he have in common with Higgins?
(a) A phonetician who, like Higgins, greatly admired Milton.
(b) A portrait painter who, like Higgins, loved phonetics.
(c) An expert in shorthand who, like Higgins, lived in England.
(d) A professor at Oxford who, like Higgins, had a fiery temper.

14. What city is the setting of Shaw's play?
(a) London.
(b) Paris.
(c) Chicago.
(d) New York.

15. Which of the following best describes Higgins's profession?
(a) Linguist.
(b) Playwright.
(c) Sociologist.
(d) Phoneticist.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Of what does Mrs. Pearce warn Higgins?

4. Why doesn't Sweet's shorthand become popular?

5. What is Freddy looking for at the beginning of Act 1?

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