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. Why is Pickering afraid at the party?

2. What question does Liza have for Higgins after the party is over and they are back at Higgins's home?

3. Which of the following does Higgins call Liza in Act 4 when she bursts out in a rage at him?

4. Why does the policeman stop Freddy and Liza?

5. What shocking fact does Liza reveal about her father while talking with the Eynsford Hills in Act 3?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why is Doolittle unhappy with his new status? What is ironic about this?

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

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

9. Why doesn't Higgins want Liza to fetch his slippers for him and perform other like tasks?

10. Describe Mrs. Higgins and her relationship with her son.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the idea of "small talk" and social hypocrisy in Pygmalion.

Part 1) In Act 3, Higgins talks about how ridiculous small talk is: "You see, we're all savages, more or less. We're supposed to be civilized and cultured--to know all about poetry and philosophy and art and science, and so on; but how many of us know even the meanings of these names?" Shortly afterward, Liza shocks everyone by speaking of taboo topics and using a curse word in polite conversation. Clara is delighted by this slap in the face of "late Victorian prudery."

Part 2) What specifically does Liza say to shock everyone? Do you think Shaw agrees that her talk is shocking and rude?

Part 3) What might their polite, "civilized and cultured" conversation have been like if Liza had not come?

Part 4) What do you think is Shaw's opinion of polite small talk, and of "late Victorian prudery" that governs what is and is not appropriate in small talk?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the characters of Freddy and Higgins.

Part 1) How are Freddy and Higgins similar and different? Consider all of the following:

--their social class and wealth

--their personalities

--their skills and abilities

--their attitudes toward Liza

Part 2) Why is Higgins not a suitable husband for Liza, while Freddy is? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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