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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. When Liza comes to see Higgins in Act 2, what does she ask him to do?

2. What is one example Shaw gives of when people might want to change their accents?

3. What does an upside-down e represent?

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

5. How does Liza feel about the bedroom she'll be staying in?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Higgins.

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does Freddy do at the beginning of Act 1 that shows poor manners?

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

9. Why are shorthand methods inadequate for ordinary use?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Write a compare and contrast essay about Higgins and Pickering. In the essay, compare the way Higgins treats Liza to the way Pickering treats her, giving specific examples and quotations from the play. Consider, too, the way both men behave toward other characters in the play. Is Higgins right that both men treat Liza the same as they would anyone else? Which man is more of a gentleman? Explain.

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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