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

2. What makes Liza happy at the end of the evening?

3. What does Higgins notice about Liza's father, Doolittle?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. How does Higgins feel about women?

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

4. Describe Higgins's laboratory. What does it reveal about his character?

5. What makes some English people despise others? What can we infer would solve this problem?

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

7. Describe Henry Sweet.

8. Why, according to Shaw, is it important that people be trained scientifically to lose their accents, rather than simply learning by imitation?

9. Describe the Flower Girl.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay examining satire in Pygmalion. Satire is a humorous writing that exposes the foolishness of certain customs, behaviors, and institutions of society. What conventional beliefs and attitudes of the English middle class does Shaw satirize? Examine in particular:

--The speeches of Alfred Doolittle about middle-class morality and marriage.

--The arrogance of Higgins, and what his mother and Mrs. Pearce think of him.

--Neppomuck's foolish pomposities at the Embassy party.

--The characters of the snobbish Clara and her mother Mrs. Eynsford Hill, who clings to her past.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Critics of Shaw often comment that the servants in his plays have better sense than their masters. Write an essay in which you examine the role of Mrs. Pearce in the play, looking in particular at the way she argues with Higgins in Act 2 over what should be done with Liza. Does Mrs. Pearce have better sense than Higgins? Explain, using examples from the play.

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