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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which best describes the first scene?

2. To Shaw, what is the main advantage of Henry Sweet's "Current Shorthand"?

3. Where does Liza tell Freddy she is going at the end of Act 1?

4. What can Higgins guess about people?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why are shorthand methods inadequate for ordinary use?

4. Why does Liza become upset when Mrs. Pearce takes her up for a bath? What does this incident show about Liza?

5. Why, according to Shaw, is it important that people be trained scientifically to lose their accents, rather than simply learning by imitation?

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

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

8. How are Clara and her mother different?

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

10. Describe Higgins.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the character of Clara and her transformation in the play.

Part 1) How does Clara change in the course of the play, and why?

Part 2) How does Shaw satirize various foibles of society through Clara (for instance, snobbery and fads among young people)?

Part 3) How are we meant to view Clara? Is she a sympathetic figure, a ridiculous figure, or some mixture of both?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about symbolism in the play.

Part 1) One of Liza's treasured possessions is a birdcage. Consider what a birdcage symbolizes in Liza's life. For instance, what imprisons Liza, and when does she ultimately become free? Examine in particular her conversations with Higgins in Acts 4 and 5.

Part 2) Higgins has a dish of chocolates on the piano. In Act 4, Liza puts her ring into the dish. Why does she do this? What do the chocolates and the ring symbolize for Liza?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay examining the plot of Pygmalion. Tell what the central conflict of the play is and describe how it is developed throughout the plot. In your essay, describe and analyze all of the following plot elements:

--Inciting incident

--Rising action

--Climax

--Falling action

--Resolution

(see the answer keys)

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