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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Which of the following was the "chief wrong" that Lessing's mother cited in her diatribe against the Catholic Church?
(a) The Counter Reformation.
(b) The Inquisition.
(c) Slavery.
(d) Imperialism.

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

5. What did Biddy O'Halloran's skin resemble?
(a) Olives.
(b) Bronze.
(c) Red jelly and cream.
(d) Peaches and cream.

6. What was Lessing's name for her outward personality?
(a) Joey.
(b) Tigger.
(c) Igor.
(d) Winnie the Pooh.

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

8. How did Lessing's friend make a living in New York to support herself and her daughter?
(a) Prostitution.
(b) Writing.
(c) Acting.
(d) Modeling.

9. Where was John McVeagh born?
(a) Persia.
(b) Rhodesia.
(c) Portugal.
(d) England.

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

11. Why did Lessing learn to drive?
(a) Lessing learned to drive to displease her mother.
(b) Lessing learned to drive because she wanted independence.
(c) Lessing learned to drive because she wanted to work in town.
(d) Lessing learned to drive because of her father's awkward leg.

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

13. How old was Lessing when she wrote "The Treasure Trunk"?
(a) 12.
(b) 19.
(c) 13.
(d) 10.

14. What does Lessing say about memory?
(a) Memory must be recorded in books.
(b) Memory cannot be trusted.
(c) Memory is an astonishing record.
(d) Memory is a careless and lazy organ.

15. 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) Tedious, rhetorical questions.
(b) Free time.
(c) Copious emotional space.
(d) Perspective.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many family members went to visit Lessing's house in Persia?

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

3. What type of animals frequently made their way into the Tayler house?

4. In Chapter 3, which of the following does Lessing describe as her first memory?

5. Which of the following historic examples does Lessing use to support her claims about human nature?

(see the answer keys)

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