Short Essay Questions Key
1. From the details Lessing provides in Chapter 1, describe the circumstances which led to Maude's broken heart.
2. Describe the circumstances that led to Alfred's depression.
3. In your opinion, why does Lessing trace her lineage in the opening chapter?
4. After tracing the history of her parents' lives, what does Lessing ponder?
5. According to Lessing in Chapter 2, what is the role of truth in autobiographical writing?
6. What advantage does Lessing that claim she has in writing her autobiography late in her life?
7. Describe Lessing's outlook on the future of the world and human society.
8. Quoting a recent historian, to what major event does Lessing attribute current feelings of mistrust toward the government?
9. In Chapter 3, what type of child abuse does Lessing describe?
10. How does Lessing describe her childhood vulnerability?
11. What sensation predominated Lessing's childhood?
12. According to Lessing's memory, how did she learn to interact with people around her?
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