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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

2. According to Lessing, what happens to women as time passes?
(a) Women fade into the domestic sphere.
(b) Women assert themselves as powerful people.
(c) Women become more significant to a culture's public culture.
(d) Women are dropped from memory, then history.

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

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

5. 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 returning from war.
(d) Her father, towering above her on a horse.

6. Which of the following areas was the homeland of Lessing's mother's doctor?
(a) Sinoia.
(b) Persia.
(c) Zimbabwe.
(d) Johannesburg.

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

8. During the 1930's what did Lessing and her brother hear all of the adults discussing?
(a) The War.
(b) The Slump.
(c) The Empire.
(d) The Native Problem.

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

10. What did Lessing refuse to have on her bed at night?
(a) A blanket.
(b) A kaross.
(c) A mosquito net.
(d) A quilt.

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

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

13. Which of the following books did Lessing use to illustrate the difference in transitioning from the consciousness of a child to that of an adult?
(a) Tristram Shandy.
(b) Pride and Prejudice.
(c) Hamlet.
(d) The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

14. How did Lessing's mother pack differently for her new life in Africa than she did for Persia?
(a) She did nothing differently and packed all of the same items.
(b) She took more extravagant things to Africa.
(c) She packed more food stuffs before leaving for Africa.
(d) She pared down her possessions before leaving for Africa.

15. How did Lessing rebel while aboard the ship?
(a) By staying up late.
(b) By speaking disrespectfully to the nanny.
(c) By stealing things and lying about them.
(d) By sneaking out of the cabin.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many adults lived in the Persian house while Lessing was growing up?

2. What did Lessing's parents think of the Whiteheads when they first met them?

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

4. At what age did Emily McVeagh die?

5. How was Aunt Betty Cleverly like most women of her generation?

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