Testament of Youth: An Autobiographical Study of the Years 1900-1925 Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What was Vera's family background? How did her parents meet?

Vera's family on her father's side were from Staffordshire and were mainly businessmen and country gentlemen. Her mother was the daughter of a musician who came from Wales and settled in Stoke-on-Trent. Vera's parents met when her father took singing lessons from Vera's maternal grandfather.

2. What was Vera's childhood like? What did she like to do as a child?

Vera describes her childhood as happy and uneventful. As a child, Vera liked to read, and would read anything she could find, and she also wrote for her own amusement.

3. Who were Vera's two friends at boarding school?

Vera had two friends at St. Monica's boarding school -- Mina and Betty. Vera remained friends with Mina until she became a nurse, and her friendship with Betty lasted through the years.

4. What was Mrs. Heath Jones's influence on Vera?

Mrs. Heath Jones was an influential teacher in Vera's life. She encouraged her students to read the newspaper, not just to keep up with current events, but to teach the girls to form their own opinions. Mrs. Heath Jones also introduced Vera to the feminist movement.

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