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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 comment does Shaw make about the realism in his play?
(a) Realism is not to be found in the theater.
(b) A transformation like the one made by the heroine is obviously not possible in real life.
(c) A transformation like the one made by the heroine is very possible in real life.
(d) Realism is the only style that can be respected in the theater.

2. Who is Henry Sweet?
(a) The editor of a monthly review.
(b) A high official who popularized the subject of phonetics.
(c) A phonetics expert whom Shaw admired.
(d) A sweet-tempered professor of language and literature.

3. Which elements of the English alphabet have no agreed speech value?
(a) The vowels and some consonants.
(b) The consonants and some vowels.
(c) The vowels.
(d) The consonants.

4. What does Liza want to do after her bath?
(a) Have a serious talk with her father.
(b) Start her lessons immediately.
(c) Go out and show off her new clothes.
(d) Change back into her old clothes since she feels uncomfortable this way.

5. Who is in Higgins's laboratory with Higgins at the beginning of Act 2?
(a) Nobody; Higgins is alone.
(b) Pickering.
(c) Mrs. Pearce.
(d) Liza Doolittle.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following describes the Gentleman (later identified as Pickering)?

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

3. Where is Act 1 of the play set?

4. Where does Liza tell Freddy she is going at the end of Act 1?

5. Why does Shaw's attempt to help Sweet fail?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What should all great art be, according to Shaw? Do you agree? What does Shaw hope his play will teach?

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

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

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

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

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

8. What are three methods of phonetic shorthand that Shaw mentions in Pygmalion, and what are they used for?

9. Who is the note-taker, and what is he actually doing?

10. How does Higgins feel about women?

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