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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 Freddy looking for at the beginning of Act 1?
(a) Someone to love.
(b) Flowers for his mother.
(c) Tickets to the theater.
(d) A taxicab.

2. What does Higgins say when he finds that Liza is not married?
(a) Nobody would want to marry the likes of her.
(b) Men will soon be dying for her.
(c) She will marry a duke.
(d) He will marry her himself.

3. Why is Clara annoyed with her mother?
(a) She doesn't give the Flower Girl any money.
(b) She gives the Flower Girl too much money.
(c) She won't buy any flowers for Clara.
(d) She acts superior to the Flower Girl.

4. What makes Liza happy at the end of the evening?
(a) Higgins promises to give her lessons.
(b) Higgins gives her a pocketful of change.
(c) She sold all her flowers.
(d) Freddy is falling in love with her.

5. Which of the following does Shaw identify as a problem among his fellow English?
(a) The English do not bother to learn other European languages.
(b) The English are snobs who look down on people who can't speak English.
(c) The English can't speak their own language properly.
(d) The English are poor spellers.

Short Answer Questions

1. How much money does Doolittle demand from Higgins in exchange for his daughter?

2. What is a problem with the English language, according to Shaw?

3. What are the Pitman and Gregg systems?

4. What is the strange man (Higgins) doing behind the pillar?

5. What is one of Shaw's purposes in writing this play?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Liza ultimately think of the party and of her success at the end of Act 3?

2. Why is Doolittle unhappy with his new status? What is ironic about this?

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

4. What does Higgins think Liza should do with her future? Does he really give it any thought?

5. How does Liza finally come into her own as a woman at the end of Act 5?

6. What happens to Clara? What tendencies does Shaw satirize through his depiction of Clara?

7. 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?

8. Describe Mrs. Higgins and her relationship with her son.

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

10. What does Shaw think of the quote by Nietzsche, "When you go to women, take your whip with you"?

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