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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Higgins say when he finds that Liza is not married?
(a) She will marry a duke.
(b) Men will soon be dying for her.
(c) He will marry her himself.
(d) Nobody would want to marry the likes of her.

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

3. How does Higgins make his money?
(a) He writes plays.
(b) He teaches people to speak with a proper accent.
(c) He is a professor at Oxford.
(d) He is an inventor.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which best describes the first scene?

2. What should happen with the spelling of the English language, according to Shaw?

3. What is one of Shaw's purposes in writing this play?

4. Which of the following first interests Higgins about Liza?

5. What is the strange man (Higgins) doing behind the pillar?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Higgins boast that he can do for the Flower Girl?

2. What would, in Shaw's opinion, be a prodigious advancement in the English language? Do you agree or disagree? Explain.

3. What makes some English people despise others? What can we infer would solve this problem?

4. Why, according to Shaw, is it important that people be trained scientifically to lose their accents, rather than simply learning by imitation?

5. Why does the English language need to be reformed, according to Shaw?

6. What does Higgins think of the Flower Girl's accent? What humorous hyperbole does he use in speaking to her?

7. Describe Higgins's laboratory. What does it reveal about his character?

8. Who is the Gentleman in the first act, and what do he and the note-taker have in common?

9. Who are some of the most important people in England, according to Shaw? Why do you think this is so, again, according to Shaw?

10. What does Liza likely mean when she says "I'm a good girl, I am"? Why does she say this?

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