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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Higgins ask Mrs. Pearce to do with Liza's clothing?
(a) Sew it so that it doesn't look so raggedy.
(b) Throw it away.
(c) Burn it at once.
(d) Wash it in boiling water to kill the mites.

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

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

4. When Liza comes to see Higgins in Act 2, what does she ask him to do?
(a) Return the money he took the night before.
(b) Help her open a flower shop.
(c) Make her into a duchess.
(d) Give her speech lessons.

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

6. Why can't Liza read what Higgins writes?
(a) It is written in French, a language she doesn't know.
(b) He uses a phonetic alphabet.
(c) She is uneducated and has never learned how to read.
(d) It is written in a cryptic code.

7. What type of person does Shaw indicate is the hero of Pygmalion?
(a) A multilinguist and expert in Latinate languages.
(b) An energetic enthusiast who supports language reform.
(c) A low-class person who cannot speak the language properly.
(d) A professor of English literatures specializing in Shakespeare and Milton.

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

9. 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 encourage people to value all types of accents in English.
(d) To entertain people and make them forget their worries for another day.

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

11. Which of the following does NOT describe the Flower Girl's appearance?
(a) She has bad teeth.
(b) She is wearing a black sailor hat.
(c) Her hair needs to be brushed.
(d) She is very clean and neat.

12. 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.

13. Who is Tito Pagliardini?
(a) A phonetics expert.
(b) A playwright.
(c) An opera singer.
(d) An expert in Italian dialects.

14. What does Shaw try to do for Sweet?
(a) Involve him in the theater.
(b) Help him get an article published.
(c) Get him a teaching position.
(d) Dedicate the play Pygmalion to him.

15. Why does Liza become upset with Higgins?
(a) He knocks over her basket of flowers.
(b) He won't give her any money.
(c) She thinks he's spying on her for the police.
(d) He makes fun of her accent in front of everyone.

Short Answer Questions

1. When does Shaw first become interested in the subject of phonetics?

2. Which of the following does Shaw identify as a problem among his fellow English?

3. What is Higgins the author of?

4. At the end of Act 2, Higgins is shown teaching Liza a lesson. What specifically does Higgins teach Liza?

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

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