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 Higgins think of his mother?

2. What does Higgins offer to do for Liza at the end of the play?

3. Who says, "I havnt any small talk. If people would only be frank and say what they really think!"

4. What does Liza plan to do for money?

5. What does Higgins think of Liza at the end of Act 5?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

9. What does Higgins think Liza should do with her future? Does he really give it any thought?

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

Essay Topics

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:

--Inciting incident

--Rising action

--Climax

--Falling action

--Resolution

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about the theme of language in Pygmalion. At the end of the play, Alfred Doolittle says that he expects now he's going to have to learn to speak middle-class English instead of the "proper English" he normally uses. What is ironic about his statement? Is there really one "proper" way to speak English, in your opinion? What do you think Shaw's opinion is? If everyone speaks Doolittle's low-class English, would it be just as well as if everyone speaks like duchesses?

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