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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Liza feel about the bedroom she'll be staying in?

2. How do the bystanders treat Liza when she becomes upset?

3. Who is Tito Pagliardini?

4. What does Higgins give Liza in Act 2 when she begins to cry?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Freddy's education and upbringing as a gentleman prepare him for life?

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

4. How are Clara and her mother different?

5. Describe Mrs. Higgins and her relationship with her son.

6. What happens to Doolittle in Act 5? Explain how Higgins is responsible.

7. How does Higgins behave during the social visit? Explain. What does this "gentleman's" ungentlemanly behavior suggest about class differences?

8. What does Higgins's housekeeper, Mrs. Pearce, think about the plan? Who seems to have a more sensible view of the situation, Higgins or Mrs. Pearce?

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

10. What does Higgins do for the Flower Girl? What prompts him to do so? What does this act suggest about Higgins?

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