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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. Who did Vera have problems with in Chapter 4?

2. In Chapter 6, what did Vera tell the Principal at Somerville?

3. What is the name of the school Vera was sent to at age thirteen?

4. What illness did Vera and Betty contract in Chapter 6?

5. After the war began, what did the townspeople do when they began to panic?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was Vera ridiculed by the locals in Buxton in Chapter 2?

2. How did Vera change after Roland's death?

3. What did Vera find out when she returned home to Buxton from Lowestoft?

4. What illness did Vera and Betty contract in Chapter 6?

5. What did Vera agonize over in Chapter 4?

6. Why wasn't Mina eager to join Vera as a nurse in London?

7. Why did Vera consider taking a leave from her schooling in Chapter 4?

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

9. Where did Vera meet Roland when he returned to England in Chapter 4? What happened on their train journey?

10. As Roland's December leave approached, what did Vera begin to think about?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the male and female place in society during the first quarter of the 20th century. How did the woman's place in society restrict the ambitions of Brittain? How had the gender roles changed post-war?

Essay Topic 2

What is feminism and what issues were at the core of feminism during the first quarter of the 20th century? What were Brittain's viewpoints in regards to feminism? What feminist groups did she join?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the motif of death in the autobiography Testament of Youth. What are some examples of death in the autobiography? Who died and how did why? How did Brittain handle these deaths? How did they affect her?

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