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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 does Higgins ask Mrs. Pearce to do with Liza's clothing?
(a) Wash it in boiling water to kill the mites.
(b) Sew it so that it doesn't look so raggedy.
(c) Throw it away.
(d) Burn it at once.

2. Which of the following describes the Gentleman (later identified as Pickering)?
(a) He is young and dashing.
(b) He is dressed in a uniform.
(c) He is snobbish and rude.
(d) He is an elderly, military type.

3. What does Higgins think of the way the Flower Girl speaks?
(a) It is disgusting and depressing, and an insult to the English language.
(b) He is offended by the curse words she uses, saying it is improper for a lady.
(c) He thinks she has a natural poetic gift.
(d) It makes her sound uneducated, but it is quaint and cute.

4. Which of the following best describes Higgins's profession?
(a) Phoneticist.
(b) Sociologist.
(c) Linguist.
(d) Playwright.

5. Who is Tito Pagliardini?
(a) A phonetics expert.
(b) An opera singer.
(c) An expert in Italian dialects.
(d) A playwright.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following first interests Higgins about Liza?

2. What does Higgins say about women?

3. Of what does Mrs. Pearce warn Higgins?

4. What is Liza afraid will kill her?

5. What mistake does Liza make in the bathroom?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who are some of the most important people in England, according to Shaw? Why do you think this is so, again, according to Shaw?

5. Who is the Gentleman in the first act, and what do he and the note-taker have in common?

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

7. What does Freddy do at the beginning of Act 1 that shows poor manners?

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

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

10. 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?

(see the answer keys)

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