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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. When does Shaw first become interested in the subject of phonetics?
(a) Around 1910.
(b) In the 1870s.
(c) In the 1850s.
(d) Around 1890.

2. 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 make her a Duchess.
(d) He can teach her to speak properly.

3. What does Higgins tempt Liza with just as she is about to leave?
(a) A diamond ring.
(b) A chocolate.
(c) A purse full of coins.
(d) New clothes.

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

5. What is a problem with the English language, according to Shaw?
(a) It is difficult for foreigners to learn well.
(b) It doesn't have a beautiful sound when spoken.
(c) It is a vulgar language when compared to Latinate languages such as French.
(d) It is not spelled the way it should be pronounced.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is the Flower Girl selling?

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

4. Who is Tito Pagliardini?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why are shorthand methods inadequate for ordinary use?

6. 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?

7. Why does the Flower Girl become upset at the note-taker? What is she most likely afraid of?

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

9. How does Higgins feel about women?

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

(see the answer keys)

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