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. In Chapter 13, who did Lessing encounter in the street?

2. Who was the Minister of Finance?

3. What did all the women assume about Lessing's marriage to Frank?

4. In what year was Gottfried Lessing born?

5. What time of day would Gottfried get up to go to the tobacco auctions?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 11, who was Dorothy Schwartz?

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

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

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

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

6. In Chapter 13, how did Lessing rationalize her decision to leave Frank and their two children?

7. What rationale did Lessing give for her marriage to Gottfried Lessing in Chapter 14?

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

9. Discuss Lessing's mini-vacation to Capetown.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Lessing's views on the role and consequences of violence. How did she define violence? What was her stance regarding violence on the personal or national level? Did her opinion remain consistent in all instances? Or did it vary by circumstance? According to Lessing, were there instances of justified violence or war?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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