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

2. What type of play did Lessing write while at the Convent?
(a) A Ciceronian tragedy.
(b) An English tragedy.
(c) An Aristophanean comedy.
(d) A one-act Shakespearean play.

3. To which book did Lessing often compare her childhood?
(a) Pride and Prejudice.
(b) The Little Princess.
(c) Toe-Rags.
(d) The Jungle Book.

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

5. What did Lessing's father think of his Persian business partners?
(a) That they were incompetent.
(b) That they were lazy.
(c) That they were corrupt.
(d) That they were members of a different culture.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which of the following sparkled in every rock that surrounded the Lessings' home?

3. Which of the following drugs does Lessing admit to having taken once?

4. How did the author feel about her childhood?

5. Who stated that children should play in mud?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Lessing become an atheist?

2. In Chapter 8, how did the girls at the school avoid exams?

3. How did Lessing avoid dealing with her conflicts with her mother?

4. According to Lessing's memory, how did she learn to interact with people around her?

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

6. Why did Lessing's parents have all their teeth removed before leaving for Africa?

7. Describe Lessing's outlook on the future of the world and human society.

8. In your opinion, why does Lessing trace her lineage in the opening chapter?

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

10. How does Lessing describe her childhood vulnerability?

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