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 19, what was the white population of Salisbury?

2. How does Lessing describe the letters that she received from her mother?

3. In Chapter 16, which part of Esther and Kurt's house was exclusively Esther's?

4. What does Lessing describe as another form of intoxication aside from alcohol?

5. When did Lessing and Frank decide to have another child?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why did Lessing direct her focus on the Communist ideas that she was developing in this chapter instead of focusing on the events of her life?

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

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

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

10. Describe Lessing's reaction to the end of World War II.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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?

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