Pygmalion Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What should happen with the spelling of the English language, according to Shaw?

2. What does Higgins say he can do for the Flower Girl (Liza)?

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

4. What insulting term does Higgins use to describe Liza in Act 2?

5. What type of person does Shaw indicate is the hero of Pygmalion?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is the note-taker, and what is he actually doing?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Read the myth of Pygmalion and Galatea. How is Higgins like Pygmalion? What other stories, movies, or television shows can you think of that are modeled on this same general plot? Why do you think people are fascinated by the idea of transformation or makeovers?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about feminism in Pygmalion. In the Epilogue to his play, Shaw quotes Nietzsche in saying, "When you go to women, take your whip with you." Does Shaw agree or disagree with this statement? Is he a sexist or a feminist, in your opinion? Explain, using evidence from the play. Consider in your essay his characterization of Liza, Clara, Mrs. Higgins, and Mrs. Pearce.

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

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