Under My Skin Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Which group was beginning to infiltrate Salisbury?

2. Where did Kurt claim his real education occurred?

3. Where did Lessing and Gottfried go with friends?

4. Which activity did Lessing both love and hate?

5. What were young women specifically cautioned against in London during that period?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 18, what circumstances prevented Lessing from getting much writing done?

2. What did Lessing believe to be the true cause of her father's death?

3. Describe Lessing's decision to marry Frank Wisdom.

4. In Chapter 11, who was Dorothy Schwartz?

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

6. How did Lessing describe Kurt in Chapter 16?

7. When John was 9 months old, what did Lessing and Frank decide to do?

8. Describe the beginning of Lessing's relationship with Gottfried.

9. In Chapter 12, how does Lessing describe her first son, John?

10. How did Lessing support herself when she no longer lived with her parents?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

In this section of the autobiography, Lessing detailed her progression to sexual awakening and maturity. Analyze Lessing's developing notions on sexuality in that section of her life story. How did she view sexuality? How did her views differ from the majority of those in her community? How did Lessing derive those notions of sexuality? Provide details from the text.

Essay Topic 3

At the same time that Lessing wrote her autobiography, she critically engaged with the strengths and limitations of the form by recounting a valuable form of truth. Explore Lessing's commentary on the autobiography as a genre. What did she believe to be the value in writing her autobiography? What did Lessing perceive to be its limitation? How did exploring Lessing's perspective on the genre that she was using, illuminate the value of the text that resulted from that questioning? What did she ultimately offer her readers with regard to objectivity, subjectivity, or truth? How much more did you know about Lessing herself at the end of her work?

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