Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How much money does Doolittle demand from Higgins in exchange for his daughter?
2. According to Shaw, what can people do to get rid of their low-class accents?
3. Based on what you read in the Preface, with which of the following statements do you think Shaw would agree?
4. What insulting term does Higgins use to describe Liza in Act 2?
5. What happens to the Flower Girl's basket?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Shaw think of the quote by Nietzsche, "When you go to women, take your whip with you"?
2. How does Freddy's education and upbringing as a gentleman prepare him for life?
3. Why, according to Shaw, is it important that people be trained scientifically to lose their accents, rather than simply learning by imitation?
4. How are Clara and her mother different?
5. Describe Mrs. Higgins and her relationship with her son.
6. What happens to Doolittle in Act 5? Explain how Higgins is responsible.
7. How does Higgins behave during the social visit? Explain. What does this "gentleman's" ungentlemanly behavior suggest about class differences?
8. What does Higgins's housekeeper, Mrs. Pearce, think about the plan? Who seems to have a more sensible view of the situation, Higgins or Mrs. Pearce?
9. Why does Liza become upset when Mrs. Pearce takes her up for a bath? What does this incident show about Liza?
10. What does Higgins do for the Flower Girl? What prompts him to do so? What does this act suggest about Higgins?
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.
Write an essay about the ending of Pygmalion.
Part 1) Considering the ending of the play, what do you think Shaw's attitude is toward the traditional "happy ending" of most romances?
Part 2) Why, according to Shaw, does his play not end the way most people might expect?
Part 3) Would the play be more satisfying if Liza had married Higgins instead of Freddy? Why, or why not?
Part 4) (optional) If you have seen it, you may consider the slightly different, more "Hollywood" ending in the movie version of the play, My Fair Lady. Compare the ending of the play with the ending of the movie. Which do you prefer, and why?
Write an essay in which you examine the negative consequences of having money and social status in Pygmalion. Liza's father, Alfred Doolittle, is poor but does not wish to have money. Why? When he comes into money, why does he blame Higgins for delivering him into the hands of middle-class morality? Does he make a good point? What are some of the drawbacks to having money? What are the restrictions of being in a particular social class?
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