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 10, which of the following countries was Lessing thinking about as she stood at the edge of the tobacco field?

2. What skills did Lessing teach herself during that year?

3. According to Lessing, what tactic did the armies use to make killing easier?

4. To what activity does Lessing compare learning the skills of her new job?

5. Who is the hero of Fathers and Sons, the book Lessing cites in this chapter?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What conditions did Lessing ponder as possible circumstances that would have changed her views on Communism?

3. Describe Lessing's relationship with Ivy.

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

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

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

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

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

9. How did Lessing describe Kurt in Chapter 16?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the role of education in Lessing's writings. How was Lessing educated? How did her education affect her views on class, politics, and gender? What was Lessing's opinion of education as an institution? How did she support her opinion of education throughout her autobiography?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

As Lessing reached early adulthood, she moved in very cosmopolitan circles of society. Where did that cosmopolitanism attribute of hers originate? How did the diversity within her social circles contribute to the political and intellectual positions assumed by members of those groups? In what ways were cosmopolitan circles limited?

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