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Multiple Choice Questions

1. After returning to England, where did Lessing's family settle?
(a) In Southern Rhodesia.
(b) In Persia.
(c) In Bloomsbury.
(d) In the East End.

2. Which of the following killed one of the chickens and took off with a couple of eggs?
(a) A mischievous child.
(b) A snake.
(c) A mongoose.
(d) A cat.

3. How was Aunt Betty Cleverly like most women of her generation?
(a) Aunt Betty was committed to Victorian values.
(b) Aunt Betty had decided not to marry.
(c) Aunt Betty's lover was killed in the War.
(d) Aunt Betty was unhappily married.

4. In Chapter 3, which of the following does Lessing describe as her first memory?
(a) An image of the farm in Southern Rhodesia.
(b) An image of the great house in Persia.
(c) Her father, towering above her on a horse.
(d) Her father returning from war.

5. Which of the following did Lessing delight in telling the other children at the school?
(a) That being naughty was much worse than lying.
(b) That a lie was worse than being naughty.
(c) That lying would make their face stick in a horrible position.
(d) That being naughty was more fun than behaving.

6. What did Lessing's father think of his Persian business partners?
(a) That they were members of a different culture.
(b) That they were corrupt.
(c) That they were lazy.
(d) That they were incompetent.

7. How did the author feel about her childhood?
(a) Lessing felt as though her parents had neglected her.
(b) Lessing felt as though there had been a grey cloud over her childhood.
(c) Lessing felt as though her childhood had been very sheltered.
(d) Lessing felt as though the entire world was changing while she was a child.

8. Where did Lessing's father work after he was discharged from the Army?
(a) The Scotland Yard.
(b) A small farm in Rhodesia.
(c) Imperial Bank of Persia.
(d) National Hospital of England.

9. Growing up, what was Lessing always told about the family's financial status?
(a) That the family would be fine when her father settled in his new job.
(b) That the family was financially stable, but morally corrupt.
(c) That the family was poor.
(d) That the family was middle-class.

10. What social development occurred during Lessing's stay at the Convent which, much to the chagrin of the nuns, parents supported?
(a) The Talkies.
(b) Cigarette smoking.
(c) Modernized womens' fashions.
(d) Social equality for women.

11. How long before this book was written did Europeans arrive in Southern Rhodesia?
(a) 103 years.
(b) 34 years.
(c) 54 years.
(d) 23 years.

12. At what age did Emily McVeagh die?
(a) 42.
(b) 32.
(c) 23.
(d) 35.

13. According to Lessing, where do most of the good biographers live?
(a) Britain.
(b) Germany.
(c) United States of America.
(d) France.

14. According to Lessing, why do authors write so many biographies?
(a) Biographies sell well.
(b) Novels require more of the author's soul.
(c) Biographies are based on fact.
(d) Biographies are simpler to write than fiction.

15. According to Lessing, above all, what does history tell us?
(a) That nothing is permanent.
(b) That mankind is not peaceful by nature.
(c) That happiness is fleeting.
(d) That circumstances dictate the person.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Mrs. Mitchell and her son treat their Black servants?

2. What does Lessing say about memory?

3. Which of the following conditions ailed the author's father?

4. Which of the following areas was the homeland of Lessing's mother's doctor?

5. In Chapter 4, what city did Lessing's mother insist on traveling through on the way back to England?

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