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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. Why does Liza become upset with Higgins?
(a) He makes fun of her accent in front of everyone.
(b) He knocks over her basket of flowers.
(c) She thinks he's spying on her for the police.
(d) He won't give her any money.

2. Which system does Shaw use to write his Preface?
(a) A typewriter.
(b) Pitman.
(c) Gregg.
(d) Current Shorthand.

3. What does the Flower Girl call the Gentleman?
(a) Captain.
(b) Sir.
(c) Governor.
(d) Father.

4. Of what does Mrs. Pearce warn Higgins?
(a) She warns him not to take sexual advantage of Liza.
(b) She warns him that Liza's father may come for her.
(c) She warns him that Liza may be dishonest and should be watched carefully.
(d) She warns him to be polite and not swear around Liza.

5. What type of person does Shaw indicate is the hero of Pygmalion?
(a) A low-class person who cannot speak the language properly.
(b) A professor of English literatures specializing in Shakespeare and Milton.
(c) An energetic enthusiast who supports language reform.
(d) A multilinguist and expert in Latinate languages.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which elements of the English alphabet have no agreed speech value?

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

3. What does Higgins ask Mrs. Pearce to do with Liza's clothing?

4. What makes Liza happy at the end of the evening?

5. Which of the following describes Liza's home?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Pickering think about the evening? How do his feelings differ from Higgins's? How does he succeed in hurting Liza as well?

2. What happens to Doolittle in Act 5? Explain how Higgins is responsible.

3. During the social visit with Mrs. Higgins and the Eynsford Hills, what does Liza say that is shocking?

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

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

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

7. Why is Pickering just as important to Liza's transformation as Higgins, if not more so? What is he able to teach her that Higgins could not?

8. What sort of ending do most people expect from romances? Is this the sort of ending Shaw provides in Pygmalion? Why, or why not?

9. How are Clara and her mother different?

10. How does Freddy's education and upbringing as a gentleman prepare him for life?

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