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 Kurt claim his real education occurred?

2. To what does Lessing compare guilt?

3. In Chapter 15, whom did Lessing find drinking wine with Gottfried?

4. Where did Lessing first experience a social event in which she and black people were treated equally?

5. In Chapter 14, what year did Lessing marry Gottfried Lessing?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the feeling that Lessing had before she left Frank.

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

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

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

6. How did Lessing describe Kurt in Chapter 16?

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

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

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

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

In a memoir that spans three continents over the course of the author's life, space and place become particularly significant to the story and to Lessing's overall commentary. Examine the way in which she treats various spaces and places in the text. What themes, messages, or ideas does Lessing develop through her treatment of spaces and places? How does she portray those spaces and places? Be sure to consider limited spaces such as the various houses that Lessing recalls, and places as broad as the countries she lived in, to the various cities or communities where she resided.

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