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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 compliment does Higgins pay Liza during their discussion after the party?
2. Who is Neppomuck?
3. Who is delighted with Liza's "small talk" during the social visit with the Eynsford Hills in Act 3?
4. What skill does Neppomuck have?
5. What does Pickering want Liza to do at the end of Act 5?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Higgins think Liza should do with her future? Does he really give it any thought?
2. What does Liza say about marriage in Act 4? What does her statement reveal about her morals?
3. 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?
4. What does Pickering think about the evening? How do his feelings differ from Higgins's? How does he succeed in hurting Liza as well?
5. What happens to Doolittle in Act 5? Explain how Higgins is responsible.
6. Describe Mrs. Higgins and her relationship with her son.
7. What does Mrs. Higgins say when she learns the two men have phoned the police at the beginning of Act 5? What does Mrs. Higgins realize about Liza that the two men do not?
8. Why is Doolittle unhappy with his new status? What is ironic about this?
9. Describe Neppomuck. Who is he, and what does Higgins think of him?
10. How does Freddy feel about Liza and what does he want from her? How is he different from Higgins?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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 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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