“My Fair Lady” Worksheet

GENERAL INTRODUCTION OF THE PLAY AND CHARACTERS
1. What event are the people leaving at the story begins?
2. What purpose does the rain shower serve?
3. Why does the flower girl protest, “I am a good girl, I am!
!. "he note ta#er is assumed to be of what profession? What a$tually is his profession?
%. What does the note ta#er say about a &woman who utters su$h depressing and disgusting sounds&?
'. "he note ta#er brags about what he $ould do for the flower girl within si( months. What does he $laim?
). What do *iggins and +i$#ering have in $ommon?
,. In a well-written musi$al play, the lyri$s in the songs ta#e the pla$e of dialogue and serve to move along the
plot, develop the themes and.or better develop the $hara$ters. Why does *iggins sing, “Why $an/t the
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1. 2li3a sings a song when she is ba$# near 4ovent 5ardens that night. 6he sings, “7ll I want is a 0000000000
somewhere. 8ar away from the 0000000000000 night air with one 00000000000000 $hair, now wouldn/t it be
0000000000 ? What does this indi$ate about her?
19.. When *iggins re$ogni3es the flower girl at his house the ne(t day, what is his rea$tion?
11. What does 2li3a :oolittle want?
THE BET AND THE FULFILLMENT
12. 2ven after he agrees to tea$h her, what is *iggins; attitude towards 2li3a?
13. :es$ribe <rs. +ear$e;s role.
1!. 2li3a determines to leave rather than to be further insulted. *ow does *iggins persuade her to stay?
1%. What is the point of the bath s$ene?
1'. <rs. +ear$e ma#es some suggestions to *iggins. What are they?
1). Why is 7lfred :oolittle loo#ing for his daughter? :oes he see her often? *ow do you #now?
1,. 7lfred :oolittle sings a song that reveals his $hara$ter. *e sings, “with a 00000000000 bit of lu$#, you/ll
000000000 amo#. What does this line and the entire song indi$ate?
11. Why does 7lfred :oolittle $ome to see +rofessor *iggins?
29. :oolittle says, &I;m undeserving, and I mean to go on being undeserving.& Why does he not want to better
himself?
21. Why does :oolittle want only five pounds instead of the ten he is offered?
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22. *ow does the “rain on the plain s$ene mar# a turning point in the play?
23. When *enry playfully dan$es with 2li3a in the study, how does the balan$e of the play $hange?
2!. Why does 2li3a later tell <rs. +ear$e that she $ould have “dan$ed all night?
2%. 2li3a/s manner of spea#ing is $hanging, but what about her self-identity and values is also $hanging?
2'. Where does *enry *iggins de$ide to ta#e 2li3a to test her s#ills?
2). What do you noti$e about the $lothes of all the ra$e wat$hers? What might this $ommuni$ate about their
individuality?
2,. :oes 2li3a “loo# the part that day? *ow?
21. Influen3a, aunts, people being “done in and yelling about :over ---how does 2li3a/s behavior and
$onversation $ause an uproar? *ow is the use of slang a violation of so$ial $onventions?
39. *enry/s mother, though #ind, needs to e(plain something to *enry about 2li3a at this stage. What does
she say?
31. Who is 8reddy 2ynsford *ill? :o you re$ogni3e him?
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32. *iggins, +i$#ering, and 2li3a dress in evening $lothes for a big event. What is the event?
33. *ow is this evening another test? 8or whom?
3!. Who is =epommu$#? :oes *enry *iggins li#e him?
3%. Is 2li3a su$$essful at the ambassador/s re$eption? What rumors $ir$ulate about her?
3'. What is so$iety/s definition of a “lady>from the perspe$tive of the people at the re$eption.
3). 7fter arriving home from an e($iting evening of dan$ing, 2li3a does =?" say she $ould have “dan$ed all
night.
*ow has the evening been a diffi$ult one for her?
ELI'A(S INDEPENDENCE
3,. Why does 2li3a throw *iggins; slippers at him?
31. What is *iggins; advi$e to 2li3a when he reali3es she is upset @although he $annot understand why she is
upsetA? "he maBor $onfli$t in the play is now out in the open. 2(plain.
!9. Why does 2li3a wish *iggins had left her where he had found her?
!1. Who is waiting for 2li3a when she leaves the Wimpole 6treet residen$e in the middle of the night? Why is
this person outside?
!2. Why does 2li3a tell 8reddy, &:on;t you $all me <iss :oolittle . . . 2li3a is good enough for me.&
!3. Cater, she vehemently sings to 8reddy, “If you/re in love>show me! Is she really singing to 8reddy or
someone else? Why is she upset?
!!. 2li3a has a ta(i ta#e her somewhere. Where does she return? :oes she belong there anymore?
!%. 2li3a meets her dad at 4ovent 5ardens. *ow has 7lfred $hanged?
!'. *ow has 7lfred been ruined by *enry?
!). 7lfred is on his way somewhere and sings a song about it, “+ull out the 000000000000. Cet/s have a
000000000000. Dut get me to the 000000000000 on time! What does the song tell us about 7lfred now?
!,. What does *enry *iggins tell +i$#ering to do sin$e 2li3a is missing?
!1. *iggins says, &6he behaved in the most outrageous way. I never gave her the slightest provo$ation.& Is he
lying or nah?
%9. Who is able to give the poli$e the des$ription of 2li3a/s hair and eyes? Why?
%1. What is ironi$ about *enry *iggins singing, “women are irrational, $al$ulating, infuriatingE?
%2. 2li3a see#s refuge at <rs. *iggins/ house. Why is that the only pla$e she has left to go?
%3. "o whom does 2li3a believe helped her to be$ome a lady?
%!. When 2li3a tells *enry that he only wants her ba$# to fet$h his slippers, how does *enry respond?
%%. 7fter 2li3a tells *enry that he $an listen to her voi$e on the gramophone if he misses her, he replies to
himself, “Dut I $an/t 000000000000000 your 0000000000000000 on. What does this reveal about *enry
*iggins?
%'. 2li3a as#s why she should return. *enry tells her what?
%) Who does 2li3a de$lare she will marry?
%,. 2li3a threatens to ma#e money by wor#ing for whom?
%1. 2li3a then sings to *enry, “Fou are not the beginning or the 00000000000. "here/ll be 000000000
without you. What opinion is she $onvin$ing herself of?
'9. ?n his way home, *enry is $learly $onfli$ted. *e swit$hes between two songs. ?ne laments, “I/ve grown
a$$ustomed to her 00000000000000, and the other e($laims, “I/ll never 0000000000000 her ba$#. What
is $onfusing *enry *iggins?
'1. 7fter entering his house, where does *enry go? What does he do there?
'2. Who Guietly appears in the hallway?
'3. *ow do you $hara$teri3e the relationship between *enry *iggins and 2li3a at this point in time?

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