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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. In Act 5, Doolittle reveals that he is miserable because certain people are hounding him. Who are these people, and why are they after Doolitttle?
2. What is the difference between a lady and a flower girl?
3. What do Higgins and Pickering fear might happen at the end of Act 3 to spoil their bet?
4. What question does Liza have for Higgins after the party is over and they are back at Higgins's home?
5. Who says, "I havnt any small talk. If people would only be frank and say what they really think!"
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Higgins think Liza should do with her future? Does he really give it any thought?
2. Why doesn't Higgins want Liza to fetch his slippers for him and perform other like tasks?
3. What type of job does Liza propose to do in the final act? Why might she be better at this job than Higgins?
4. 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?
5. How does Liza succeed in hurting Higgins in Act 4?
6. How does Higgins behave during the social visit? Explain. What does this "gentleman's" ungentlemanly behavior suggest about class differences?
7. What do Neppomuck and the ambassador's wife conclude about Liza? What does it suggest about class differences and about high society that Liza is so easily able to fool everyone at the party?
8. What does Liza ultimately think of the party and of her success at the end of Act 3?
9. Why is Liza so upset in Act 4? What does she want to know?
10. Describe Neppomuck. Who is he, and what does Higgins think of him?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Write an essay examining the plot of Pygmalion. Tell what the central conflict of the play is and describe how it is developed throughout the plot. In your essay, describe and analyze all of the following plot elements:
Essay Topic 2
Write an essay examining the message about classism in the play.
Part 1) What does the play Pygmalion suggest about the relationships between the classes in England at the time of its writting (1916)?
Part 2) Which social classes are represented in the play, and how are they depicted?
Part 3) What makes Neppomuck, the ambassador, and others believe that Liza must be a princess, and what does that say about the artificiality of class distinctions?
Part 4) Who, according to the play, is a real lady, and who is a real gentleman? What makes a person a lady or a gentleman?
Part 5) What do you think Shaw ultimately wants to say about class divisions in society?
Essay Topic 3
Write an essay examining satire in Pygmalion. Satire is a humorous writing that exposes the foolishness of certain customs, behaviors, and institutions of society. What conventional beliefs and attitudes of the English middle class does Shaw satirize? Examine in particular:
--The speeches of Alfred Doolittle about middle-class morality and marriage.
--The arrogance of Higgins, and what his mother and Mrs. Pearce think of him.
--Neppomuck's foolish pomposities at the Embassy party.
--The characters of the snobbish Clara and her mother Mrs. Eynsford Hill, who clings to her past.
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