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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What mistake does Liza make in the bathroom?
(a) She burns herself with the hot water in the bath.
(b) She thinks the toilet is for washing hands.
(c) She thinks the bathtub is for washing clothes.
(d) She uses the toothbrush to brush her hair.

3. 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's happier without them and is a confirmed bachelor.
(d) He thinks men are superior to women and should tell them what to do.

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

5. Why does Shaw's attempt to help Sweet fail?
(a) Sweet only writes libelous articles against his fellow academics.
(b) Sweet dies before he can see the play.
(c) Sweet looks down on the theater as unacademic.
(d) Sweet has no interest in promoting his ideas to the public.

6. What does Doolittle promise to do with the money?
(a) Keep it for Liza.
(b) Spend it all immediately on a drinking spree.
(c) Buy something for his wife.
(d) Save it and use it wisely.

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

8. Based on what you read in the Preface, with which of the following statements do you think Shaw would agree?
(a) Great art cannot please everyone; there will always be some wiseacres who cannot appreciate it.
(b) Truly great art should not seek to be commercially successful.
(c) Great art should not seek to teach lessons, but to entertain.
(d) All great art must be didactic; that is, it should teach people something.

9. What does the Gentleman (Pickering) study?
(a) American and British slang.
(b) Sociology, or the study of human social behavior.
(c) Dialects spoken in India.
(d) The psychology of poverty.

10. What is NOT one of Henry Higgins's faults?
(a) He can be a bully.
(b) He sometimes has tantrums when things go wrong.
(c) He is willing to be malicious and cruel in order to get ahead.
(d) He is careless about other people's feelings.

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

12. What does Higgins say he can do for the Flower Girl (Liza)?
(a) He can teach her to speak properly.
(b) He can make her rich.
(c) He can give her a proper education.
(d) He can make her a Duchess.

13. How is Henry Higgins described?
(a) He is young and handsome, but sloppy in his dress.
(b) He is about forty years old, strong and energetic.
(c) He is elderly and distinguished, with the appearance of a scholar.
(d) He is thin and feeble, but has a strong scientific mind.

14. What insulting term does Higgins use to describe Liza in Act 2?
(a) Foul-mouthed imp.
(b) Idle-headed fool.
(c) Filthy tramp.
(d) Draggle-tailed guttersnipe.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Liza become upset with Higgins?

2. According to Shaw, what can people do to get rid of their low-class accents?

3. Of what does Mrs. Pearce warn Higgins?

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

5. What does Shaw try to do for Sweet?

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