Prisons We Choose to Live Inside Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. During Lessing's time in Rhodesia, how many people were in the political party she briefly joined?

2. What was Rhodesia ruled by?

3. What did people think of the farmer's decision to punish the bull?

4. Lessing felt that the party ruling Rhodesia was ____________.

5. Who was surprised by what happened to the miner who returned to work during the miner's strike?

Short Essay Questions

1. When onlookers recognize that others are lying, Lessing believed they refuse to protest the lies for what purpose?

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

3. Why did Lessing join a communist group in Rhodesia?

4. Lessing believed that if humans could learn from our history, we could change our future in what respect?

5. What comments did Lessing make about the length of time the white ruling class was in power in Rhodesia?

6. What is Lessing's prediction concerning what every viewpoint will become with time?

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

8. According to Lessing, how is the group mentality different from individual mentality?

9. Why did Lessing feel that our ability to consider differing viewpoints might save the human race?

10. What was the purpose of cutting down a tree associated with a traitor? Why did Lessing find it ridiculous?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Brainwashing is an unpleasant idea for those who believe they are susceptible.

1) According to Lessing, who feels susceptible to brainwashing?

2) What is the process of brainwashing?

3) Who is susceptible to brainwashing?

Essay Topic 2

The idea of democracy has been around for years. Lessing believed that, with time and the support of free thinkers, it will continue to grow and develop.

1) What is democracy and who started it?

2) What are some challenges it has faced?

3) Where does Lessing see it going in the future?

Essay Topic 3

According to Lessing, what is the role of novelists in a society?

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