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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. On what date was Nikolai Bukharin "outmaneuvered by Stalin and ousted from the Poliburo," according to the narrator in Book 3: "Arachne's Art"?
(a) June 12, 1887.
(b) January 3, 1928.
(c) February 25, 1927.
(d) November 17, 1929.

2. What gesture of the Count's comes to infuriate Anna during her train ride in Book 2: "Addendum"?
(a) His having made love to her.
(b) His having picked up her blouse.
(c) His having called her a diminutive name.
(d) His having not sent her a letter.

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

4. In Book 3: "Arachne's Art," the author uses a simile in describing Emile. It is stated, "If the kitchen of the Boyarsky is an orchestra and Emile its conductor, then his chopping knife is" what?
(a) "The baton."
(b) "The tuba."
(c) "The woodwinds."
(d) "The strings."

5. The Count tells Nina in Book 1: "Anyway..." "Manners are not like" what?
(a) "Flowers."
(b) "Gold coins."
(c) "Bonbons."
(d) "Clothing."

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

7. Where is Katerina Litvinova from?
(a) St. Petersburg.
(b) Kiev.
(c) Moscow.
(d) Odessa.

8. Why does Mr. Halecki call the Count to his office in Book 1: "An Assembly"?
(a) To tell him that he is being fired as headwaiter at the Boyarsky.
(b) To tell him that the KGB has been asking for him.
(c) To tell him that the staff has been instructed not to use honorifics when addressing him.
(d) To tell him that he is being evicted from the hotel.

9. What is the title of the poem that is credited to Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov that opens the novel?
(a) "The Battle Station."
(b) "Dancing."
(c) "Where Is It Now?"
(d) "The Round Table."

10. 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"?
(a) Blue.
(b) Green.
(c) Yellow.
(d) Burgundy.

11. 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) Nevsky.
(b) Kudrovo.
(c) Sedova.
(d) Oblast.

12. Who is the afternoon doorman that the Count winks at when he arrives at the Hotel Metropol in Book 1: "1922: An Ambassador"?
(a) Andrey.
(b) Pavel.
(c) Audrius.
(d) Emile.

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

14. Prior to the opening of Book 1, there is a poem credited to Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov. What is the year of the poem cited?
(a) 1916.
(b) 1922.
(c) 1913.
(d) 1919.

15. What is Pavel's last name?
(a) Kulikova.
(b) Ivanovich.
(c) Mindich.
(d) Litvinova.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Anna take a train in the beginning of Book 2: "Addendum"?

2. Who is said to be the current resident of room 317 at the Hotel Metropole in Book 1: "Archeologies"?

3. On what date does Book 1: "Around and About" open?

4. How tall is the Count described as being?

5. Of the Count, the narrator says in Book 2: "1926: Adieu," "his philosophical leanings had always been essentially" what?

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