How Well Do You Know "My Fair Lady?"

R. White

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About This Quiz

A Cockney woman, Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn), finds her way up the Victorian social ladder when Professor Higgins (Rex Harrison) teaches her to speak proper English on a bet.

In the opening scene, people are doing what?

The upper class is attending "Dr. Faust," which sets up the intersection with the lower class outside the theater. Eliza Doolittle is accidentally knocked down by someone of social position.

"My Fair Lady" is based on a play by George Bernard Shaw. What is the title?

The story is based on a Greek myth about a man who cares little for women but falls in love with his own creation, a statue of a woman named Galatea. Shaw tells a modern tale of a poor girl transformed into a woman of attractive social appeal with the help of a misogynist.

Eliza Doolittle (played by Audrey Hepburn) is just ______________________.

Eliza sells small bunches of flowers for a pittance. The description is condescending.

What skill does Henry Higgins (played by Rex Harrison) have?

Higgins is a Professor of phonetics and is an expert in speech. He is taking notes on Eliza just prior to their first meeting.

Higgins sings a song in the early part of the movie with the lyrics,"Why can't the English teach their children ______________________?"

Higgins is amazed at the dialects of the English, particularly the lower classes. He claims he can place a man's residence in under 10 miles based on language.

Henry's address is mentioned numerous times. Where does he live?

The address is spoken in front of Eliza so she later knows where to find Higgins. It is also relayed to Eliza's father, who seeks her out.

Eliza's father, Alfie, often seeks something from others. What is it?

Alfie wants "a brass farthing," primarily to buy some ale. It means something of little or no value, and refers to a coin or two.

Who does Henry Higgins run into who helps him with an experiment?

Pickering was seeking out Higgins as a colleague in the study of speech. Higgins was also seeking out Pickering. Coincidentally, they run into each other on the streets of London.

Colonel Pickering knows 147 distinct dialects from which country?

India was a British colony during Victorian times. It would not be unusual for a British citizen to be familiar with India.

What does Eliza constantly claim?

Eliza states this to proclaim her moral compass, even if she is poor.

What does Eliza go back home to retrieve before she settles in at Wimpole Street?

Eliza sends for some of her personal items to be sent to the home of Henry Higgins where she stays. Her father discovers her new abode when he drops by and sees Eliza's landlady, who tells him where she is staying.

How long does Higgins wager it will take to turn Eliza into "a lady?"

Higgins bets Pickering he can convince aristocracy that Eliza is a Duchess within six months.

It takes several maids and Mrs. Pierce, the housekeeper, to get Eliza to do this. What is it?

When Eliza first lives with Higgins, he tells the housekeeper to clean her up and burn her clothes. Eliza shrieks and cries out as if being attacked.

A wireless microphone was used for the first time in film with "My Fair Lady." Which actor used this to record singing live?

Harrison claimed he needed to do the singing live because he never sang the songs the same way.

After much negotiating, how does Higgins finally persuade Eliza to participate in the experiment?

Eliza sees chocolates as a luxury item. It's what she likes.

Which is NOT a song Eliza sings?

Higgins sings "Why Can't a Woman Be More Like a Man?" because he doesn't understand women.

What does Eliza hope to achieve with her speech lessons?

Higgins implies she will be able to have her own flower shop if she can be successfully transformed.

Which does Higgins NOT use to describe Eliza?

Higgins hurls many harsh insults at Eliza, who seems to weather them to a point. The professor is ignorant of his behavior.

Where is Eliza taken for her first social outing?

Higgins takes her to The Ascot. Higgins suggests a new dress that is "simple, modest, elegant with a bow".

As part of her training, what does Eliza have to put in her mouth when she speaks?

Eliza must put six marbles in her mouth to speak. She swallows one.

Who becomes infatuated with Eliza after meeting her at The Ascot?

Freddy Eynsford-Hill enjoys Eliza's lapses into informal language. She charms him.

Alfie Doolittle (Eliza's father) makes a deal with Higgins. What does he receive from the Professor?

Alfie is looking for a handout. He gives Higgins permission to work with Eliza (not that he needed it).

What two topics is Eliza instructed to stick to on her first social outing?

Eliza carries on over the top on health when she discusses dying of severe influenza. She is the center of attention.

What comment does Eliza make at the races that is socially inappropriate?

Eliza says this when she cheers on the horses. The socials seem to be amused by her.

Alfie Doolittle sings the lyrics, "With a little bit of ______________________"?

Alfie hopes with a little bit of luck, he'll never work. He even freeloads off his daughter.

Higgins sings "I've Grown Accustomed to Her__________________________"

Higgins becomes aware of his feelings toward Eliza. He is also jealous of Freddy's attention.

Where must Higgins take Eliza as a final test that she is transformed?

Higgins needs to pass Eliza off in front of royalty in order to win the bet. Higgins sneaks a drink to calm his nerves before they leave the house.

Who at the Embassy Ball seems suspicious of Eliza's identity?

The linguist was trained by Henry Higgins. Most of the evening is spent trying to run interference between him and Eliza.

What does the Queen of Transylvania say to Eliza?

Eliza stands out and is noticed by many. Higgins is feeling pretty confident he will win his bet.

What does the expert linguist determine about Eliza?

Rumors fill the ballroom about her identity as determined by the linguist. Professor Higgins laughs aloud on hearing this.

Why does Eliza throw slippers at Higgins?

The Professor and Pickering congratulate themselves on pulling off the facade and never acknowledge Eliza's role. Doolittle feels neglected and depressed.

What question does Eliza ask repeatedly after the ball?

Eliza knows she has served her purpose in helping Higgins win the bet. She believes he has no use for her and she must leave.

What happened to Alfie?

Alfie inherited a fortune from Wallingford, whom Higgins suggested he go see. Now he has to marry Eliza's step-mother.

What two things does Alfie want before they "get him to the church on time"?

Alfie complains about the misery money has brought him. Relatives he didn't know are showing up and he has to get married.

Why does Henry's mother comment, "Bravo, Eliza"?

Henry comments, "She's gone. What am I to do?" This is an acknowledgement that he does indeed care for women.

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