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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Whose magical ball of thread led Theseas safely from the lair of the Minotaur, according to the narrator in Book 1: "Around and About"?
(a) Poseidon's.
(b) Ariadne's.
(c) Ophelia's.
(d) Ares's.

2. The narrator says in Book 2: "1926: Adieu," "In the history of man, no military commissary has" done what?
(a) "Raised envy."
(b) "Been married."
(c) "Elicited sorrow."
(d) "Been a gentleman."

3. Who is the fruit seller that Count Rostov calls out to when he is escorted from the Kremlin onto Red Square in Book 1: "1922: An Ambassador"?
(a) Andrey.
(b) Emile.
(c) Fyodor.
(d) Ilya.

4. In Book 3: "An Afternoon Assignation," the narrator states, "But art is the most unnatural minion of the state. Not only is it created by fanciful people who tire of repetition even more quickly than they tire of being told what to do, it is also vexingly" what?
(a) "Arbitrary."
(b) "Stringent."
(c) "Articulate."
(d) "Ambiguous."

5. At what time does the Count awaken in the beginning of Book 3: "1930"?
(a) 6:30.
(b) 5:30.
(c) 8:30.
(d) 7:30.

6. Who is the boy that is with Nina in the ballroom when the Count enters in Book 2: "1926: Adieu"?
(a) Oleg.
(b) Pavel.
(c) Fyodor.
(d) Boris.

7. When did Serov paint the portrait of Helena, according to the narrator in Book 1: "1922: An Ambassador"?
(a) 1921.
(b) 1889.
(c) 1908.
(d) 1911.

8. What is the room number to which Anna Urbanova invites the Count to visit her in Book 2: "1923: An Actress, an Apparition, an Apiary"?
(a) Suite 412.
(b) Suite 317.
(c) Suite 208.
(d) Suite 621.

9. Where did the old blind woman tell Princess Golitsyn she was going to see her son in the Count's story in Book 1: "Anyway..."?
(a) Oblast.
(b) Kudrovo.
(c) Nevsky.
(d) Sedova.

10. Who is the statue of that sits outside the door of room 316 of the Hotel Metropole?
(a) Hermes.
(b) Odin.
(c) Gorky.
(d) Socrates.

11. Who brings in room service when the Count visits Anna in Book 2: "1923: An Actress, an Apparition, an Apiary"?
(a) Audrius.
(b) Emile.
(c) Andrey.
(d) Oleg.

12. Where does Anna take a train in the beginning of Book 2: "Addendum"?
(a) St. Petersburg.
(b) Irkutsk Oblast.
(c) Nizhny Novgorod.
(d) Primosky Krai.

13. How old is Nina when she befriends the Count?
(a) 6.
(b) 9.
(c) 13.
(d) 12.

14. What activity does the narrator describe the Count doing in detail in Book 3: "1930"?
(a) Shaving.
(b) Taking a shower.
(c) Making coffee.
(d) Reading a newspaper.

15. By what affectionate name does the Count refer to the grand dining room off the lobby at the Hotel Metropole?
(a) The Idlehour.
(b) The Shalyapin.
(c) The Boyarsky.
(d) The Piazza.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the names of the bellhops at the Hotel Metropol?

2. What is Mr. Halecki's first name?

3. What color is the smoking jacket that the Count wears to celebrate his anniversary of confinement at the Hotel Metropole in Book 2: "1923: An Actress, an Apparition, an Apiary"?

4. What does Count Rostov give as his current address in the court transcript that appears before the opening of Book 1?

5. In Book 3: "Arachne's Art," the narrator asserts, "History is the business of identifying momentous events from the comfort of" what?

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