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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. What type of animals frequently made their way into the Tayler house?

2. What does Lessing say about memory?

3. What image from the photograph album does Lessing describe?

4. What stove brand did Lessing's family use?

5. In Chapter 4, what city did Lessing's mother insist on traveling through on the way back to England?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Lessing's relationship with Ivy.

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

3. In Chapter 20, what event occurred due to scheming by Lessing's mother?

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

5. Describe Lessing's entrance into love and romance as she describes it in Chapter 10.

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

7. What did Lessing realize when she was diagnosed with Low Fever and sent to the mountains to recover?

8. How did John react to the birth of his little sister?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

After her experiences of living in Persia and Southern Rhodesia, Lessing formulated an opinion on "The Native Problem" - the dilemma that the English settlers in various Commonwealth holdings experienced in interacting with the people whose lands they occupied. Discuss Lessing's position on "The Native Problem". How did Lessing feel about that particular issue? How did her opinion compare to the opinions of her contemporaries? What was the underlying reasoning for her beliefs? Was she justified in her opinion?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Analyze the way in which Lessing discussed children and childhood in her autobiography. Children appeared throughout the work, as Lessing explored her own childhood, as well as the children who she had with her various partners. How did she present childhood in the text? How did Lessing feel that children should be treated? How did she treat them in her portrayal of them? How did having children affect Lessing's life?

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