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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) 1919.
(c) 1913.
(d) 1922.

2. On what date was Article 58 of the Criminal Code drafted, according to the narrator in Book 3: "Arachne's Art"?
(a) November 17, 1929.
(b) January 3, 1928.
(c) February 25, 1927.
(d) June 12, 1887.

3. What bridge does the Count describe Princess Golitsyn's carriage crossing in his story to Nina in Book 1: "Anyway..."?
(a) The Russky Bridge.
(b) The Zhivopisny Bridge.
(c) The Lomonosov Bridge.
(d) The Palace Bridge.

4. On what date does Book 1: "Around and About" open?
(a) September 12.
(b) July 12.
(c) June 21.
(d) March 13.

5. What does Count Rostov give as his current address in the court transcript that appears before the opening of Book 1?
(a) Suite 423 at the Hotel Metropol.
(b) Suite 317 at the Hotel Metropol.
(c) Suite 623 at the Hotel Metropol.
(d) Suite 119 at the Hotel Metropol.

Short Answer Questions

1. How old is Nina when she befriends the Count?

2. When the Count enters the ballroom in Book 2: "1926: Adieu," Nina explains that she and her friend are testing the "hypotheses of two renowned mathematicians in a single experiment." Who are the mathematicians being tested?

3. Who is holding their second meeting while the Count and Nina spy from the ballroom balcony in Book 1: "An Assembly"?

4. At what time is the Count crossing the lobby to the Boyarsky when Nina signals to him from behind a potted plant in Book 1: "Around and About"?

5. Where is Katerina Litvinova from?

Short Essay Questions

1. Whose meeting do the Count and Nina eavesdrop on in Book 1: “An Assembly”? Where is the meeting held?

2. What is the Count's sentence that is decreed in the opening of the novel? What crime did the Count commit?

3. How is Nina described when the Count first befriends her?

4. How are the Count's quarters described at the hotel?

5. How is the Piazza described? Where is it located?

6. How does Nina access the different rooms of the hotel? What rooms does she show the Count in Book 1: “Around and About”?

7. Who does the Count encounter on the roof of the Metropol in Book 2: “1926: Adieu”? What impact does this encounter have?

8. How would you describe the narrative style of A Gentleman in Moscow?

9. How is the Count's first encounter with the actress described in Book 2: “1923: An Actress, an Apparition, an Apiary”?

10. How does the narrative style change in Book 2: “1926: Adieu”?

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