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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 do Lessing's parents do in preparation for their next voyage?
(a) They saved money scrupulously.
(b) They drew up a legal will.
(c) They studied French.
(d) They had their teeth removed.

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

3. In Chapter 3, which of the following does Lessing describe as her first memory?
(a) Her father, towering above her on a horse.
(b) An image of the farm in Southern Rhodesia.
(c) Her father returning from war.
(d) An image of the great house in Persia.

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

5. How did Mrs. Mitchell and her son treat their Black servants?
(a) Mrs. Mitchell and her son completely ignored their Black servants.
(b) Mrs. Mitchell and her son screamed at and berated their Black servants.
(c) Mrs. Mitchell and her son treated their black servants like slaves.
(d) Mrs. Mitchell and her son treated their Black servants just like family.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Lessing's name for her outward personality?

2. What did Doris insist on having with her in the photograph for which she posed?

3. What did the doctor prescribe to alleviate Lessing's mother's ailment?

4. What remained unaffected by the Lessings' existence for 20 years?

5. Which of the following names does Lessing give the personality that would comes out of her while under the influence of drugs?

Short Essay Questions

1. What essential skill did Lessing learn in Chapter 5?

2. In Chapter 7, what did Lessing and her brother do in the bush?

3. What did Lessing suspect was the root of her mother's illness?

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

5. After tracing the history of her parents' lives, what does Lessing ponder?

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

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

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

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

10. How does Lessing describe her childhood vulnerability?

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