Pygmalion Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 Liza throw at Higgins when they return home after the party?

2. What does Freddy tell the officer?

3. For whom or what does Pickering say the evening has been a real triumph?

4. What does Liza ask Higgins about her clothes?

5. What does Liza say when she sees her father looking so different in Act 5?

Short Essay Questions

1. What type of job does Liza propose to do in the final act? Why might she be better at this job than Higgins?

2. What does Liza say about marriage in Act 4? What does her statement reveal about her morals?

3. During the social visit with Mrs. Higgins and the Eynsford Hills, what does Liza say that is shocking?

4. How does Liza succeed in hurting Higgins in Act 4?

5. How do Freddy and Clara feel about Liza after meeting her, and why do they probably feel this way?

6. How does Higgins behave during the social visit? Explain. What does this "gentleman's" ungentlemanly behavior suggest about class differences?

7. What happens to Doolittle in Act 5? Explain how Higgins is responsible.

8. What does Higgins think Liza should do with her future? Does he really give it any thought?

9. What does Higgins mean when he says that "my manners are exactly the same as Pickering's"? In what sense is he right? In what sense is he wrong?

10. What does Higgins mean when he says that people are really "savages"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the Preface to Pygmalion, Shaw says that all great art should be didactic; that is, it should teach something. What does Shaw hope his play will teach people--both about language and about how reforming it might help society? Do you think the play is successful at communicating the intended message? Write an essay about this topic, using quotations from the Preface as well as from the rest of the play.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay describing the transformation of Liza Doolittle from common flower girl to lady.

Part 1) In what specific ways does she change, and why? Are the changes mostly superficial or deep changes?

Part 2) Consider Liza's statement at the end of the ambassador's party: "nothing can make me the same as these people." Is she now really transformed into a duchess? Why, or why not?

Part 3) When and how does Liza truly come into her own as a woman? What does she realize about herself at that point in the play?

Part 4) Does Liza's process of transformation have to do with the way she speaks, or does it have more to do with the way she views herself? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about the theme of nature versus nurture in the play Pygmalion.

Part 1) Henry Higgins transformsd Liza Doolittle. Does he really change her essential nature, or only the superficial aspects? Explain.

Part 2) Consider Pickering's statement, after the ambassador's party, that "Eliza was doing it so well. You see, lots of the real people cant do it at all: theyre such fools that they think style comes by nature to people in their position; and so they never learn." What does this say about Liza's natural sense of style?

Part 3) Consider how Liza was raised (reread Act 2 for her father's comments about how he raised her). Did Doolittle's nurture (or rather, lack of nurture) harm Liza? Is he to be blamed or credited for the way she is now?

Part 4) While Higgins changes Liza, is she able to do the same with him? Why, or why not?

Part 5) Consider this statement from Higgins: "I cant change my nature." Is this true? Can anyone really ever change his or her nature, or are all changes only superficial? Explain, using examples from the play.

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