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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?



Essay Topics

History plays a key role in forming the text of the autobiography. Examine the ways in which Lessing relied on, recounted, or challenged history in the text. How central was history in Lessing's understanding of her own life? How essential was Lessing's life in her understanding of history? Were those two elements inextricably linked? What did Lessing's autobiography contribute to your understanding of history, understanding of historical events, or the way in which history is recorded?

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.

Gender emerges in the autobiography as a determining factor in Lessing's life that influences her behavior and reception as a young woman within her community. Discuss the way in which Lessing portrayed the effect of gender roles on her growing identity. How did Lessing's mother model femininity? How did Lessing act out against or comply with that model of female behavior? How did she seem to define herself as a woman?

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