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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. How many acres of land did James Tayler own in 1851?
(a) 300.
(b) 130.
(c) 90.
(d) 30.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the name of Lessing's nanny?

2. 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?

3. What article of clothing caught young Lessing's attention on Bayswater Road?

4. Why did Lessing learn to drive?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What advantage does Lessing that claim she has in writing her autobiography late in her life?

2. How does Lessing describe her childhood vulnerability?

3. In Chapter 4, what prompted the Tayler family to move to Africa?

4. Describe the circumstances that led to Alfred's depression.

5. Describe the English views of themselves and their relation to other people as Lessing portrays it in this chapter.

6. From the details Lessing provides in Chapter 1, describe the circumstances which led to Maude's broken heart.

7. According to Lessing in Chapter 2, what is the role of truth in autobiographical writing?

8. How did Lessing's parents plan to acquire land in Southern Rhodesia?

9. What did Lessing do one night when she was forced to remain in the cabin while her parents attended a dance?

10. How did Lessing's mother explain the bout of illness that kept her confined to bed?

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