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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. Who is Robert Bridges and what does he have in common with Higgins?
3. What is Liza's father's profession?
4. What are the Pitman and Gregg systems?
5. What does Higgins say he can do for the Flower Girl (Liza)?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Liza's relationship with Higgins after her marriage.
2. Describe Higgins.
3. What do Neppomuck and the ambassador's wife conclude about Liza? What does it suggest about class differences and about high society that Liza is so easily able to fool everyone at the party?
4. Describe the Flower Girl.
5. What does Pickering think about the evening? How do his feelings differ from Higgins's? How does he succeed in hurting Liza as well?
6. How does Liza finally come into her own as a woman at the end of Act 5?
7. What does Higgins mean when he says that people are really "savages"?
8. How does Freddy's education and upbringing as a gentleman prepare him for life?
9. Should readers and theatergoers imagine the life of Freddy and Liza with a fairytale ending? Why, or why not?
10. Why is Pickering just as important to Liza's transformation as Higgins, if not more so? What is he able to teach her that Higgins could not?
Essay Topic 1
Write an essay describing the transformation of Liza Doolittle from common flower girl to lady.
Part 1) In what specific ways does she change, and why? Are the changes mostly superficial or deep changes?
Part 2) Consider Liza's statement at the end of the ambassador's party: "nothing can make me the same as these people." Is she now really transformed into a duchess? Why, or why not?
Part 3) When and how does Liza truly come into her own as a woman? What does she realize about herself at that point in the play?
Part 4) Does Liza's process of transformation have to do with the way she speaks, or does it have more to do with the way she views herself? Explain.
Essay Topic 2
Write an essay about the theme of language in Pygmalion. At the end of the play, Alfred Doolittle says that he expects now he's going to have to learn to speak middle-class English instead of the "proper English" he normally uses. What is ironic about his statement? Is there really one "proper" way to speak English, in your opinion? What do you think Shaw's opinion is? If everyone speaks Doolittle's low-class English, would it be just as well as if everyone speaks like duchesses?
Essay Topic 3
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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