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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What historical event happened just before the birth of Lessing's daughter?
2. Why did Lessing's mother rush from the farm to her home?
3. In Chapter 17, how did Klaus' father keep his name off the debt list?
4. To which of the following areas did Lessing travel?
5. Where did Kurt claim his real education occurred?
Essay Topic 1
Growing up in two distinct regions of the British Empire, Lessing received a very intimate portrait of race relations in the British territories before the dissolution of the Empire. Analyze the way in which Lessing approached race and race relations in her autobiography. How did she define the term, race, among the people living in Persia and Southern Rhodesia at that time? How did the different races interact in Southern Rhodesia? How did Lessing's understanding of race compare or contrast with the opinions of those around her?
Essay Topic 2
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?
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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