Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What social development occurred during Lessing's stay at the Convent which, much to the chagrin of the nuns, parents supported?
2. What year did Lessing leave Southern Rhodesia?
3. In Chapter 2, what is one thing that Lessing says the writer must have in order to begin to write about his/her life?
4. What did the doctor prescribe to alleviate Lessing's mother's ailment?
5. What stove brand did Lessing's family use?
Short Essay Questions
1. How did Lessing support herself when she no longer lived with her parents?
2. In your opinion, why does Lessing trace her lineage in the opening chapter?
3. Describe the English views of themselves and their relation to other people as Lessing portrays it in this chapter.
4. How did Lessing's parents plan to acquire land in Southern Rhodesia?
5. What did Lessing realize when she was diagnosed with Low Fever and sent to the mountains to recover?
6. Describe the beginning of Lessing's relationship with Gottfried.
7. Describe the circumstances of Gottfried Lessing's death.
8. Describe Lessing's activities in Capetown in Chapter 17.
9. Describe Lessing's ultimate assessment of the impact of the Communist Party in Southern Rhodesian politics.
10. In Chapter 7, what did Lessing and her brother do in the bush?
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?
Born during the final days of the British Empire, Doris Lessing presents a unique take on the Empire and imperial policy. Discuss Lessing's developing views on the Empire. Explore themes such as the ethics of the Empire, the financial ramifications of the Empire, and the social changes that she discusses after the fall of the Empire. What does her overall message regarding British imperialism appear to be? Support your answers with evidence from the autobiography.
World Wars I and II played a significant role in Lessing's autobiography. Analyze the way in which she grappled with the Wars as historical events; and the repercussions that Europe and the rest of the world faced as a result of those conflicts. How did Lessing portray those effects in the autobiography? How did the Wars differ from other conflicts before them? What was Lessing's opinion regarding those Wars in particular; and the practice of war in general? What reasons did she give for her views on war?
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