Pygmalion Questions

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Pygmalion
Jun04
Read again this extract from near the beginning of Act 2.
To what extent does Eliza benefit from her time with Higgins and Pickering?
How do you account for the success of this play?
You may wish to consider:
The idea of rags to riches
The way the characters treat each other
Attitudes to social class at the time
The way speech and language are used
May05
From your study of Pygmalion what do you learn about relationships between parents and
children at the time of the play? Refer closely to the language and actions of the Higgins, the
Doolittle and the Eynsford Hill families in your answer. (25 marks)
Shaw stated that he used his plays to force the audience to face unpleasant facts. How are
unpleasant facts presented in Pygmalion and what do you learn from them about the time of
this play? You should look closely at language, character and events in your answer. (25
marks)
Jun06
What is your opinion of the role and character of Henry Higgins in the context of the play?
You should look closely at language, actions and other characters' opinions in your answer.
(25 marks)
Towards the end of the play Eliza remarks that "the difference between a lady and a flower
girl is not how she behaves, but how she's treated." From the treatment of Eliza, what do
you learn about class issues at the time the play was set? You should look closely at
language, characters and events in your answer. (25 marks)
Jun07
In what ways does Eliza change during the play and in what ways does she stay the same?
You should look closely at language, actions and other characters' opinions in your answer.
(25 marks)
What point does Shaw make in this play about money and status in society? You should
refer closely at language, actions and characters in your answer. (25 marks)
Jun08
Write about the role and characters of Colonel Pickering in this play. You should look
closely at language, actions and other characters' opinions in your answer. (25 marks)
What points does Shaw make about social behaviour at the time of the play? You should
refer closely to language, actions and characters in your answer. (25 marks)

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