Tipo di esercizi
Scelta multipla,
Completamento aperto,
Completamento chiuso,
Posizionamento,
Trova errore,
Vero o falso,
Domande in serie
Libro
Performer Heritage vol.2
Capitolo
Doris Lessing
INFO

Lingua inglese

Doris Lessing: life
Put the following sentences related to Lessing's life in the correct order: write numbers from 1 to 6.

________ She joined the Communist Party.
________ She moved to the British colony of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) with her family.
________ She lived for five years in Persia (now Iran).
________ She was declared a 'prohibited alien' in Southern Rhodesia and South Africa.
________ She left the communist movement.
________ She settled in London.
Completamento apertoCompletamento aperto
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The Grass Is Singing: style
Read the following sentences and say whether they are true or false.
A: The novel is written from the first-person viewpoint of Mary.
B: It is almost entirely in the form of a long flashback.
C: It begins with a newspaper article reporting the murder of Mary Turner.
D: The narration mainly focuses on the feelings of its black characters.
E: At the end, the narration explores the psyche of the killer.
F: Lessing addresses the human tendency to generalise and sensationalise.
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Doris Lessing: works
Match Lessing's works with their correct description.

1. A novel about the relationship between a white woman and her black servant: ________
2. A sequence of five novels tracing the story of Martha Quest: ________
3. A narrative experiment about a woman writer in the late 1950s and early 1960s: ________
4. A five-novel series narrating the history of our planet: Canopus in Argos: ________
5. A book based on critical realism, prophecy and hope: ________
6. A family saga that exposes the left-wing politics of the Sixties: ________
7. A novel exploring the life of Lessing's parents: ________
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Doris Lessing: the role of the artist
Choose the correct alternatives to complete the sentence.

In the essay The Small Personal Voice Lessing claims that
A: the responsible artist should be 'an architect of the soul'.
B: men live in a condition of extreme awareness.
C: the artist has the responsibility to describe the world with energy and despair.
D: the artist should avoid a relationship with her community of origin.
E: the writer's task is to record the past in order to map the future.
F: arts should be free from any political engagement.
G: artists should not waste time in trying to persuade their community to behave well.
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Doris Lessing: themes
Choose the correct alternative to complete the sentences.

1. Lessing faces the most urgent concerns of ________ society.
2. She explores the ________ of empires and ideals, the shadow of war and the threat of the nuclear bomb.
3. Another important theme in her novels is the free will of the individual within a historical and social ________.
4. She also examines the condition of women in relation to marriage, politics and ________.
5. She sees madness, mysticism, ________ and utopia as possible remedies.
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Doris Lessing: style
Tick the words or phrases related to Lessing's style.
A: Fantasy.
B: Realism.
C: Symbolic language.
D: Formal experimentalism.
E: Introspection.
F: Old-fashioned.
G: Descriptive.
H: Political analysis.
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Lessing and politics
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Lessing's fiction is autobiographical, being based on her own experience of Africa. She became famous as a black African author influenced by the French literary tradition. In her writing Africa is seen as a mirror for the universe. Her political consciousness prompts her to analyse the clash of cultures, racial inequality as well as the internal divisions within an individual, the conflict between the private conscience and the collective evil. She admired 19th-century novels and tried to combine their 'climate of ethical action' with 20th-century ideas about consciousness and time. Central to her writing is the tension between the urge to describe society in a surreal way and the urge to question it through utopia and dystopia.
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The Grass Is Singing: plot and setting
Read the following sentences and say whether they are true or false.
A: The title of the novel is a quotation from the fifth part of T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land.
B: The story takes place in the British colony of South Africa during apartheid.
C: At the beginning of the novel Mary, the white protagonist, is found dead on her own veranda.
D: She had spent the first 30 years of her life in town before deciding to marry a farmer, Dick Turner, to achieve social stability.
E: She was happy on the farm, because she loved nature, had a good relationship with the natives and got on well with her husband.
F: Mary's alleged murderer is Moses, a black houseboy who was sent away from their farm, where he used to work.
G: His criminal act is motivated by his love for Mary.
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The Grass Is Singing: characters
The following features refer either to Mary Turner or to Moses. Choose the correct alternative.
A: This character's childhood is marked by abuse and troubles.
B: Dick Turner banishes this character from the farm.
C: This character has never had contact with black labourers before.
D: This character is very proud.
E: This character is insolent and not afraid.
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The Grass Is Singing: theme
Complete the sentences with the correct information.

1. The novel's main theme is ________.
2. ________ is a form of institutionalised discrimination.
3. The relationships between the ________ and their black workers mirror those between blacks and whites in southern Africa.
4. These relationships were built on ________ on both sides.
5. While the whites reluctantly needed the help of black people, the blacks felt increasingly ________ and full of resentment.
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