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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did Lessing think about the ideals held by the political group she briefly joined?
(a) They were insane.
(b) They were brilliant.
(c) They were well constructed.
(d) They were typical.

2. In what time period did Lessing grow up?
(a) The sixties.
(b) Pre World War II.
(c) The turn of the century.
(d) Post World War II.

3. Where did Lessing grow up?
(a) Boston.
(b) Southern Rhodesia.
(c) Great Britain.
(d) Perth.

4. When did the miner's strike referenced by Lessing take place?
(a) 1800s.
(b) 1920s.
(c) 1980s.
(d) 1930s.

5. Why did Lessing believe the bull owner had no control over his response?
(a) It was human nature.
(b) He was irresponsible.
(c) He drank too much.
(d) It was God's will.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Lessing remember about the group of people in the party she briefly joined in Rhodesia?

2. When political groups or religions have a conflict, what does Lessing believe that those involved typically stop doing?

3. As a whole, Lessing considered writers to be ______________.

4. What was remarkable about the bull this farmer owned?

5. Lessing reports that both Christians and Leftists tend to do what to their opposition?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Lessing believe sub-groups with opposing positions were dangerous?

2. As Lessing looked ahead, how would people of the future feel, considering our lack of ability to change?

3. How did the ruling class in Rhodesia get others to go along with their beliefs?

4. Why did Lessing believe the tendency to buy into vilification was a form of popular lunacy?

5. In terms of collective beliefs during her life time, what idiocy struck Lessing?

6. Why was Lessing not surprised by the story of the attack on the British miner who was beaten by his friends?

7. In the anecdote about killing the bull, what did Lessing suggest that the farmer's revenge actions on the bull demonstrated?

8. Why was Lessing discouraged by the application of behavioral data uncovered through the "soft sciences"?

9. Why did Lessing suggest that strengthening individuality would lead to a better world in the future?

10. Why does Lessing consider the age of Arthastra to be significant?

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