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. Where did the young people in Lessing's circles get their beer?

2. In Chapter 9, which year does Lessing describe as a "make or break" year in her life?

3. In what year was Gottfried Lessing born?

4. How does Lessing describe Frank Cooper's views on the world?

5. How did Lessing feel about World War II at that time?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Lessing respond to increasing unhappiness with her marital and home situation?

2. Describe Lessing's relationship with Ivy.

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

4. In Chapter 19, what does Lessing describe as the smartest decision that she ever made?

5. Ultimately, why did Lessing think that she and Gottfried were mismatched?

6. In Chapter 15, what reason did Lessing give for switching law firms?

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

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

9. What became of the three husbands who enlisted to fight Hitler?

10. Describe Lessing's ultimate assessment of the impact of the Communist Party in Southern Rhodesian politics.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore and discuss the way in which Lessing deals with mental illness in her autobiography. How did she approach the issue of mental illness? How did she treat the people whom she mentioned within her autobiography who suffered from mental illness? Was she sympathetic? Compassionate? Understanding? What effect did mental illness have on her life? How might that effect, if any, explain or illuminate her position on mental illness?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the way in which Lessing presented her relationship with her mother. Did she respect or resent her mother? What strained their relationship? Why did Lessing's mother disapprove of Lessing's choices? Ultimately, how did Lessing reflect on her relationship with her mother?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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