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 ask Higgins about her clothes?

2. Whom do Higgins and Pickering go see when they discover Liza is missing?

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

4. What new skill does Liza have?

5. What is the main reason Higgins brings Liza to the social visit at the beginning of Act 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Neppomuck. Who is he, and what does Higgins think of him?

2. What does Pickering think about the evening? How do his feelings differ from Higgins's? How does he succeed in hurting Liza as well?

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

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

5. 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?

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

7. Does Higgins really not care about Liza? How can you tell? What comments and reactions on Higgins's part show that he is growing fond of Eliza?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Critics of Shaw often comment that the servants in his plays have better sense than their masters. Write an essay in which you examine the role of Mrs. Pearce in the play, looking in particular at the way she argues with Higgins in Act 2 over what should be done with Liza. Does Mrs. Pearce have better sense than Higgins? Explain, using examples from the play.

Essay Topic 3

Read the myth of Pygmalion and Galatea. How is Higgins like Pygmalion? What other stories, movies, or television shows can you think of that are modeled on this same general plot? Why do you think people are fascinated by the idea of transformation or makeovers?

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