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

2. What do Pickering and Higgins say makes Liza a "genius"?

3. What compliment does Higgins pay Liza during their discussion after the party?

4. Why is Freddy waiting outside Higgins's house when Liza leaves Higgins?

5. What does Liza realize at the end of Act 5?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Pickering just as important to Liza's transformation as Higgins, if not more so? What is he able to teach her that Higgins could not?

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

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

5. 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?

6. What does Liza ultimately think of the party and of her success at the end of Act 3?

7. How does Liza finally come into her own as a woman at the end of Act 5?

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

9. Why is Liza so upset in Act 4? What does she want to know?

10. What does Higgins conclude about the evening and about their joint project at the beginning of Act 4? What does he say that hurts Liza's feelings?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Write an essay examining the theme of manners in Pygmalion.

Part 1) Evaluate Higgins's statement from Act 5, "The secret is not having good manners or bad manners or any other particular sort of manners, but having the same manner for all human souls: in short, behaving as if you were in Heaven, where there are no third-class carriages, and one soul is as good as another." What does he mean by this? Do you agree with him?

Part 2) Do you think Shaw agrees with him on the subject of manners? For instance, is there something honest about the rude way Higgins behaves, and something hypocritical about the "polite" manners of other people in the play?

Part 3) Which characters in the play behave the same to everyone, and which characters treat people differently depending on the class they belong to? Explain.

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