CLEP Humanities : Answering Other Questions About Twentieth-Century Drama

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Example Questions

Example Question #21 : Drama

The musical stage play My Fair Lady is based on what earlier stage play?

Possible Answers:


Death of a Salesman

The Iceman Cometh

Mourning Becomes Elektra

Saint Joan

Correct answer:



My Fair Lady, by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, is entirely based on the George Bernard Shaw play Pygmalion. The characters and story, featuring a flower girl taught to be a lady who speaks properly, are almost exactly the same in each play. The musical simply adds songs, and crucially changes the ending to a happier one that features the two main characters staying together.

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