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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What remained unaffected by the Lessings' existence for 20 years?
(a) The natives.
(b) The trees.
(c) The wildcats.
(d) The bush.

2. How did Lessing's mother cure Lessing's lice problem?
(a) With expensive shampoo.
(b) With paraffin.
(c) By shaving her head.
(d) By washing her hair with scalding hot water.

3. How many family members went to visit Lessing's house in Persia?
(a) Six.
(b) Two.
(c) Three.
(d) Four.

4. In Chapter 4, what city did Lessing's mother insist on traveling through on the way back to England?
(a) London.
(b) Brussels.
(c) Paris.
(d) Moscow.

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

6. How many biographers were writing about Lessing at the time that she wrote the book?
(a) Five.
(b) Eight.
(c) Two.
(d) Four.

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

8. Why did Lessing not like the clothes that her mother had made for her?
(a) Because her mother was a poor seamstress.
(b) Because her mother always insisted on making clothing that was too big.
(c) Because her mother had poor taste in clothing design.
(d) Because her mother always made her clothes look too youthful.

9. What did Doris insist on having with her in the photograph for which she posed?
(a) Her cat.
(b) A book.
(c) Her teddy bear.
(d) A flower that she picked herself.

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

11. What do Lessing's parents do in preparation for their next voyage?
(a) They studied French.
(b) They drew up a legal will.
(c) They saved money scrupulously.
(d) They had their teeth removed.

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

13. 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 was poor.
(c) That the family was middle-class.
(d) That the family would be fine when her father settled in his new job.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How much capital did Lessing's father take to Southern Rhodesia?

2. Where was John McVeagh born?

3. With whom did Lessing board as a child?

4. According to Lessing, above all, what does history tell us?

5. Which of the following was the "chief wrong" that Lessing's mother cited in her diatribe against the Catholic Church?

(see the answer keys)

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