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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 happens to the Flower Girl's basket?
(a) It is knocked to the ground by Freddy.
(b) The police seize it, saying she has no license to sell flowers.
(c) It is knocked to the ground by Higgins.
(d) Someone steals it.

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

3. What does the Gentleman (Pickering) study?
(a) The psychology of poverty.
(b) American and British slang.
(c) Dialects spoken in India.
(d) Sociology, or the study of human social behavior.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. To what does Higgins compare Liza?

2. What does Liza want to do after her bath?

3. What city is the setting of Shaw's play?

4. What is Liza afraid will kill her?

5. What does Sweet send Shaw?

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

3. Describe the Flower Girl.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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