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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 does Higgins tempt Liza with just as she is about to leave?
2. To what does Higgins compare Liza?
3. Who is Alexander Melville Bell?
4. Of what does Mrs. Pearce warn Higgins?
5. What is the Flower Girl selling?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who are Alexander Melville Bell, Alexander J. Ellis, Tito Pagliardini, and Henry Sweet, and why are they heroes to Shaw?
2. What makes some English people despise others? What can we infer would solve this problem?
3. Why does the English language need to be reformed, according to Shaw?
4. 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?
5. What are three methods of phonetic shorthand that Shaw mentions in Pygmalion, and what are they used for?
6. How does Higgins feel about women?
7. Describe Higgins's laboratory. What does it reveal about his character?
8. Why, according to Shaw, is it important that people be trained scientifically to lose their accents, rather than simply learning by imitation?
9. What does the Flower Girl do at the end of Act 1 that shows she has a sense of pride and dignity about her?
10. Describe the Flower Girl.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Compare and contrast the characters of Freddy and Higgins.
Part 1) How are Freddy and Higgins similar and different? Consider all of the following:
--their social class and wealth
--their skills and abilities
--their attitudes toward Liza
Part 2) Why is Higgins not a suitable husband for Liza, while Freddy is? Explain.
Essay Topic 2
Write an essay examining the theme of morality in Pygmalion.
Part 1) "I'm a good girl, I am," Liza repeats in Act 2 when Higgins tempts her with chocolates, clothes, and money. Later, in Act 3, she tells Higgins, "I sold flowers. I didnt sell myself. Now youve made a lady of me I'm not fit to sell anything else." What does she mean by these statements? What do the statements reveal about Liza's morals?
Part 2) Explain the irony in Liza's statement in Act 3. What does it say about the relative morality of low-class flower girls and high-class ladies?
Part 3) What does it say about the morality of upper and lower classes in general?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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