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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 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay examining the attitudes toward love and marriage in the play.

Part 1) How does Shaw satirize, or make fun of, conventional attitudes toward love and marriage, for instance, through Higgins and Doolittle?

Part 2) What, according to Shaw in his Epilogue, is the balance of power men and women seek in marriage? What is an ideal marriage like?

Part 3) Why do some men never marry?

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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