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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. Which of the following first interests Higgins about Liza?

2. At the end of Act 2, Higgins is shown teaching Liza a lesson. What specifically does Higgins teach Liza?

3. What are the Pitman and Gregg systems?

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

5. What does Sweet think of the Pitman system?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Liza become upset when Mrs. Pearce takes her up for a bath? What does this incident show about Liza?

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

3. What does Freddy do at the beginning of Act 1 that shows poor manners?

4. Who is the Gentleman in the first act, and what do he and the note-taker have in common?

5. Why does Liza's father come to see Higgins?

6. Why does the Flower Girl become upset at the note-taker? What is she most likely afraid of?

7. Who is the note-taker, and what is he actually doing?

8. Describe Higgins.

9. What are three methods of phonetic shorthand that Shaw mentions in Pygmalion, and what are they used for?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about symbolism in the play.

Part 1) One of Liza's treasured possessions is a birdcage. Consider what a birdcage symbolizes in Liza's life. For instance, what imprisons Liza, and when does she ultimately become free? Examine in particular her conversations with Higgins in Acts 4 and 5.

Part 2) Higgins has a dish of chocolates on the piano. In Act 4, Liza puts her ring into the dish. Why does she do this? What do the chocolates and the ring symbolize for Liza?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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