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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

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) A low-class person who cannot speak the language properly.
(c) An energetic enthusiast who supports language reform.
(d) A multilinguist and expert in Latinate languages.

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

3. What is a problem with the English language, according to Shaw?
(a) It is difficult for foreigners to learn well.
(b) It is a vulgar language when compared to Latinate languages such as French.
(c) It doesn't have a beautiful sound when spoken.
(d) It is not spelled the way it should be pronounced.

4. What is Liza's father's profession?
(a) Thief.
(b) Taxicab driver.
(c) Bartender.
(d) Trash collector.

5. How do the bystanders treat Liza when she becomes upset?
(a) They tell her to get lost because she is a worthless flower girl.
(b) They are shocked by her bad language.
(c) They are sympathetic to her and defend her.
(d) They completely ignore her as if she is invisible.

6. When does Shaw first become interested in the subject of phonetics?
(a) In the 1850s.
(b) Around 1890.
(c) Around 1910.
(d) In the 1870s.

7. Which of the following is among Liza's treasured possessions?
(a) A picture of her deceased mother.
(b) A fashionable dress that she has never worn.
(c) A birdcage.
(d) A book of Shakespeare's plays.

8. What does the taxicab driver realize about Liza that humiliates her?
(a) She lives in a slum.
(b) She doesn't have any money and cannot pay for the taxi.
(c) She is really a prostitute.
(d) She's never ridden in a taxi before and has no idea how much it costs.

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

10. What can Higgins guess about people?
(a) Where they are from.
(b) What their job is.
(c) Their age.
(d) Their secret desires and dreams.

11. What does Liza want to do after her bath?
(a) Start her lessons immediately.
(b) Go out and show off her new clothes.
(c) Have a serious talk with her father.
(d) Change back into her old clothes since she feels uncomfortable this way.

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

13. Why doesHenry Sweet not become more prominent?
(a) He is an ill-natured man.
(b) He scorns everyone who did not agree with him about the importance of phonetics.
(c) Nobody agrees with him that phonetics are important.
(d) He angera many people by publishing a libelous article.

14. How much money does Doolittle demand from Higgins in exchange for his daughter?
(a) One hundred pounds.
(b) Ten pounds.
(c) Fifty pounds.
(d) Five pounds.

15. Of what does Mrs. Pearce warn Higgins?
(a) She warns him that Liza may be dishonest and should be watched carefully.
(b) She warns him that Liza's father may come for her.
(c) She warns him to be polite and not swear around Liza.
(d) She warns him not to take sexual advantage of Liza.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Higgins the author of?

2. Who is in Higgins's laboratory with Higgins at the beginning of Act 2?

3. To what does Higgins compare Liza?

4. What does Higgins give Liza in Act 2 when she begins to cry?

5. What does Higgins notice about Liza's father, Doolittle?

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