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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

2. What year did Lessing leave Southern Rhodesia?
(a) 1934.
(b) 1945.
(c) 1919.
(d) 1949.

3. In Chapter 2, what is one thing that Lessing says the writer must have in order to begin to write about his/her life?
(a) Copious emotional space.
(b) Perspective.
(c) Free time.
(d) Tedious, rhetorical questions.

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

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

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

7. 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.

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

9. To which of the following does Lessing compare writers?
(a) Liars.
(b) Ventriloquists, casting a message from afar.
(c) Pegs on which to hang ideas.
(d) Archaeologists.

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

11. What was the name of Lessing's nanny?
(a) Biddy.
(b) Betsy.
(c) Beth.
(d) Betty.

12. Which of the following historic examples does Lessing use to support her claims about human nature?
(a) The Crusades.
(b) The Renaissance.
(c) The Reformation.
(d) The Holocaust.

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

14. Which of the following illnesses did Lessing's family battle?
(a) Malaria.
(b) Influenza.
(c) Gout.
(d) Small Pox.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Lessing's mother cure Lessing's lice problem?

2. How did Lessing's friend make a living in New York to support herself and her daughter?

3. What did Biddy O'Halloran's skin resemble?

4. Which of the following does Lessing state as signifying the end of any war?

5. According to the quote at the opening of Chapter 1, the girl in Lessing's mother's favorite saying only cared about which of the following?

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