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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. Which best describes the first scene?
(a) A dark and rainy night.
(b) Early morning, just before dawn.
(c) A cold, wintry evening.
(d) A hot and sweltering day.

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

3. What happens to the Flower Girl's basket?
(a) Someone steals it.
(b) The police seize it, saying she has no license to sell flowers.
(c) It is knocked to the ground by Freddy.
(d) It is knocked to the ground by Higgins.

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

5. What is Liza afraid will kill her?
(a) The draft from the window.
(b) Her father, if he finds out where she is.
(c) The electric lights.
(d) A bath.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Liza become upset with Higgins?

2. How much money does Doolittle demand from Higgins in exchange for his daughter?

3. How is Henry Higgins described?

4. Why doesn't Sweet's shorthand become popular?

5. What does the Gentleman (Pickering) study?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Liza become upset when Mrs. Pearce takes her up for a bath? What does this incident show about Liza?

2. Why are shorthand methods inadequate for ordinary use?

3. Who are Alexander Melville Bell, Alexander J. Ellis, Tito Pagliardini, and Henry Sweet, and why are they heroes to Shaw?

4. What do Neppomuck and the ambassador's wife conclude about Liza? What does it suggest about class differences and about high society that Liza is so easily able to fool everyone at the party?

5. What does Shaw think of the quote by Nietzsche, "When you go to women, take your whip with you"?

6. Describe the Flower Girl.

7. What does the Flower Girl do at the end of Act 1 that shows she has a sense of pride and dignity about her?

8. What does Liza ultimately think of the party and of her success at the end of Act 3?

9. Does Higgins really not care about Liza? How can you tell? What comments and reactions on Higgins's part show that he is growing fond of Eliza?

10. Why does Liza's father come to see Higgins?

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