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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 of the following is among Liza's treasured possessions?

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

3. What is Freddy looking for at the beginning of Act 1?

4. Which comment does Shaw make about the realism in his play?

5. How does the Flower Girl know Freddy's name?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Henry Sweet.

2. Describe the Flower Girl.

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

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

5. Why are shorthand methods inadequate for ordinary use?

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

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

8. Who are some of the most important people in England, according to Shaw? Why do you think this is so, again, according to Shaw?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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


--Falling action


Essay Topic 2

In the Preface to Pygmalion, Shaw says that all great art should be didactic; that is, it should teach something. What does Shaw hope his play will teach people--both about language and about how reforming it might help society? Do you think the play is successful at communicating the intended message? Write an essay about this topic, using quotations from the Preface as well as from the rest of the play.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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