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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 NOT one of Henry Higgins's faults?
(a) He is careless about other people's feelings.
(b) He can be a bully.
(c) He is willing to be malicious and cruel in order to get ahead.
(d) He sometimes has tantrums when things go wrong.

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

3. To Shaw, what is the main advantage of Henry Sweet's "Current Shorthand"?
(a) It can be used on postcards, where there is limited space to write.
(b) Everyone is familiar with it, as it is widely taught in secretarial schools.
(c) It can be used as a kind of secret code or cryptogram.
(d) It can express every sound in the language perfectly.

4. When does Shaw first become interested in the subject of phonetics?
(a) In the 1870s.
(b) Around 1910.
(c) Around 1890.
(d) In the 1850s.

5. 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 thinks she has a natural poetic gift.
(c) He is offended by the curse words she uses, saying it is improper for a lady.
(d) It makes her sound uneducated, but it is quaint and cute.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following does Shaw identify as a problem among his fellow English?

2. Why doesn't Sweet's shorthand become popular?

3. What can Higgins guess about people?

4. For how long will Liza stay with Higgins as his pupil?

5. Why does Shaw's attempt to help Sweet fail?

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. What does Higgins do for the Flower Girl? What prompts him to do so? What does this act suggest about Higgins?

3. How does Higgins feel about women?

4. How are Clara and her mother different?

5. 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?

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

7. Why does the English language need to be reformed, according to Shaw?

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

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

10. What does the Flower Girl do at the end of Act 1 that shows she has a sense of pride and dignity about her?

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