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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why did Lessing's father miss the Battle of the Somme?
(a) A dishonorable discharge.
(b) A case of depression.
(c) An amputated leg.
(d) A bad appendix.

2. What did the doctor prescribe to alleviate Lessing's mother's ailment?
(a) Tonic and quinine.
(b) Hydration and exercise.
(c) Penicillin.
(d) Bed rest.

3. Which of the following does Lessing blame for the distrust that 20th Century people have in their governments?
(a) Political corruption.
(b) Media coverage.
(c) World War I.
(d) World War II.

4. How did Lessing's mother convey her distaste for Emily McVeagh?
(a) A sniff.
(b) A look of disdain in her eyes.
(c) A story about her frivolous ways.
(d) A constant undercurrent in her descriptions of Emily.

5. How much capital did Lessing's father take to Southern Rhodesia?
(a) £ 2,500.
(b) £ 10,000.
(c) £ 100.
(d) £ 1,000.

6. To which book did Lessing often compare her childhood?
(a) Toe-Rags.
(b) Pride and Prejudice.
(c) The Jungle Book.
(d) The Little Princess.

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

8. What stove brand did Lessing's family use?
(a) Carron Dover.
(b) Liberty's.
(c) Smith & Son's.
(d) McVeagh's.

9. How did Mrs. Mitchell and her son treat their Black servants?
(a) Mrs. Mitchell and her son treated their Black servants just like family.
(b) Mrs. Mitchell and her son treated their black servants like slaves.
(c) Mrs. Mitchell and her son completely ignored their Black servants.
(d) Mrs. Mitchell and her son screamed at and berated their Black servants.

10. What article of clothing caught young Lessing's attention on Bayswater Road?
(a) A lavish rose gown.
(b) A grey silk shift dress.
(c) A fur coat.
(d) A pair of ladies' riding pants.

11. How many bouts of illness did Lessing's family experience?
(a) Four.
(b) Two.
(c) One.
(d) Three.

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

13. What type of animals frequently made their way into the Tayler house?
(a) Beetles.
(b) Cats.
(c) Snakes.
(d) Lizards.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Where was Doris Lessing born?

2. Which of the following drugs does Lessing admit to having taken once?

3. What does Lessing say about memory?

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

5. In Chapter 2, what is one thing that Lessing says the writer must have in order to begin to write about his/her life?

(see the answer keys)

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