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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of the following first interests Higgins about Liza?
(a) Her Cockney accent.
(b) Her exceptional beauty.
(c) Her cleverness.
(d) Her ability to survive on the tough urban streets.

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

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

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

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

6. What does Sweet send Shaw?
(a) Postcards.
(b) Letters.
(c) Books.
(d) Money.

7. What is one of Shaw's purposes in writing this play?
(a) To entertain people and make them forget their worries for another day.
(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 let people know of the existence of phoneticians and how important they are.

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 on stage, and he hopes to make a movie of it.
(c) It is extremely successful in America, but not in Europe.
(d) It is extremely successful in Europe, and he hopes to make it so in America.

9. According to Shaw, what can people do to get rid of their low-class accents?
(a) People should not try to get rid of their low-class accents; they should be proud of the way they speak.
(b) They must be trained by a phonetics expert.
(c) They should imitate people who speak proper English.
(d) It cannot be done in real life.

10. What does Higgins think of the way the Flower Girl speaks?
(a) He is offended by the curse words she uses, saying it is improper for a lady.
(b) It is disgusting and depressing, and an insult to the English language.
(c) It makes her sound uneducated, but it is quaint and cute.
(d) He thinks she has a natural poetic gift.

11. At which university does Sweet teach?
(a) Harvard.
(b) Cambridge.
(c) The Imperial Institute in London.
(d) Oxford.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is among Liza's treasured possessions?

2. Which of the following best describes Higgins's profession?

3. What bet does Higgins make with Pickering?

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

5. What happens to the Flower Girl's basket?

(see the answer keys)

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