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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 is one example Shaw gives of when people might want to change their accents?
(a) To play the Queen of Spain onstage.
(b) To meet monarchs such as the Queen of Spain.
(c) To win love.
(d) To become teachers.

2. What is one of Shaw's purposes in writing this play?
(a) To encourage people to value all types of accents in English.
(b) To entertain people and make them forget their worries for another day.
(c) To let people know of the existence of phoneticians and how important they are.
(d) To make people aware of the social inequalities in England.

3. 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.

4. What is the strange man (Higgins) doing behind the pillar?
(a) Waiting for a taxicab.
(b) Taking notes.
(c) Hiding from the police.
(d) Spying on Liza.

5. What should happen with the spelling of the English language, according to Shaw?
(a) It should be emphasized more in school so that everyone can learn to spell correctly.
(b) It should be made as phonetic as Spanish.
(c) Standardized spelling should disregarded as unnecessary; people should simply sound out words and apply the approximate phonetic spelling.
(d) It should be simplified to get rid of silent letters.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the Gentleman (Pickering) study?

2. How does the Flower Girl know Freddy's name?

3. At which university does Sweet teach?

4. Who is in Higgins's laboratory with Higgins at the beginning of Act 2?

5. Which best describes the first scene?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

6. Why are shorthand methods inadequate for ordinary use?

7. What makes some English people despise others? What can we infer would solve this problem?

8. Describe the Flower Girl.

9. Describe Henry Sweet.

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

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