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. What was Lessing's wage when she worked as a junior typist?

2. In Chapter 17, how did Klaus' father keep his name off the debt list?

3. In Chapter 12, what did Lessing do to calm down John?

4. What was waiting for Lessing's last son in his crib before he was born?

5. What was the highest ambition of Black workers in Salisbury?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Lessing describe Kurt in Chapter 16?

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

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

4. In Chapter 11, who was Dorothy Schwartz?

5. 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?

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

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

8. Describe Lessing's activities in Capetown in Chapter 17.

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

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

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

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

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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