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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. Why does Liza become upset with Higgins?
2. What is one of Shaw's purposes in writing this play?
3. What does an upside-down e represent?
4. What does the Gentleman (Pickering) study?
5. To Shaw, what is the main advantage of Henry Sweet's "Current Shorthand"?
Short Essay Questions
1. What should all great art be, according to Shaw? Do you agree? What does Shaw hope his play will teach?
2. How does Higgins feel about women?
3. How are Clara and her mother different?
4. Why does Liza become upset when Mrs. Pearce takes her up for a bath? What does this incident show about Liza?
5. Who are some of the most important people in England, according to Shaw? Why do you think this is so, again, according to Shaw?
6. 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?
7. What does Higgins boast that he can do for the Flower Girl?
8. Who is the note-taker, and what is he actually doing?
9. Describe Higgins's laboratory. What does it reveal about his character?
10. Why, according to Shaw, is it important that people be trained scientifically to lose their accents, rather than simply learning by imitation?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
Write an essay about the character of Clara and her transformation in the play.
Part 1) How does Clara change in the course of the play, and why?
Part 2) How does Shaw satirize various foibles of society through Clara (for instance, snobbery and fads among young people)?
Part 3) How are we meant to view Clara? Is she a sympathetic figure, a ridiculous figure, or some mixture of both?
Essay Topic 3
Write an essay examining the message about classism in the play.
Part 1) What does the play Pygmalion suggest about the relationships between the classes in England at the time of its writting (1916)?
Part 2) Which social classes are represented in the play, and how are they depicted?
Part 3) What makes Neppomuck, the ambassador, and others believe that Liza must be a princess, and what does that say about the artificiality of class distinctions?
Part 4) Who, according to the play, is a real lady, and who is a real gentleman? What makes a person a lady or a gentleman?
Part 5) What do you think Shaw ultimately wants to say about class divisions in society?
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