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

2. How does Liza feel about the bedroom she'll be staying in?
(a) She thinks it's too good and clean for the likes of her.
(b) She says it makes her feel like a duchess.
(c) She's amazed by its luxurious furnishings.
(d) She's not used to sleeping in a bed and it seems very strange to her.

3. What does the taxicab driver realize about Liza that humiliates her?
(a) She doesn't have any money and cannot pay for the taxi.
(b) She lives in a slum.
(c) She's never ridden in a taxi before and has no idea how much it costs.
(d) She is really a prostitute.

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

5. Which of the following first interests Higgins about Liza?
(a) Her exceptional beauty.
(b) Her ability to survive on the tough urban streets.
(c) Her Cockney accent.
(d) Her cleverness.

Short Answer Questions

1. How old is the Flower Girl?

2. What surprises Mrs. Pearce?

3. When Liza comes to see Higgins in Act 2, what does she ask him to do?

4. What does Sweet think of the Pitman system?

5. How does Higgins make his money?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Higgins feel about women?

2. Describe the Flower Girl.

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

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

5. What bet does Pickering make with Higgins? Why does Higgins accept?

6. What does Higgins boast that he can do for 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 likely mean when she says "I'm a good girl, I am"? Why does she say this?

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

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

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