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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 2, what is one thing that Lessing says the writer must have in order to begin to write about his/her life?

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

3. According to Lessing, what happens to women as time passes?

4. 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?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What sensation predominated Lessing's childhood?

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

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

10. Describe the conflict between Lessing's parents regarding the servants.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the role of education in Lessing's writings. How was Lessing educated? How did her education affect her views on class, politics, and gender? What was Lessing's opinion of education as an institution? How did she support her opinion of education throughout her autobiography?

Essay Topic 2

As a child, Lessing grew up in Persia and Southern Rhodesia - regions that were both part of the British Commonwealth. Examine the way in which Lessing discussed life as an English citizen living in the Commonwealth. What were the conditions of their lives as English citizens? How did the lives of the English differ from the lives of the indigenous peoples? How did Lessing treat those conditions and differences?

Essay Topic 3

In a memoir that spans three continents over the course of the author's life, space and place become particularly significant to the story and to Lessing's overall commentary. Examine the way in which she treats various spaces and places in the text. What themes, messages, or ideas does Lessing develop through her treatment of spaces and places? How does she portray those spaces and places? Be sure to consider limited spaces such as the various houses that Lessing recalls, and places as broad as the countries she lived in, to the various cities or communities where she resided.

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