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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. What wakes Van his first morning at his aunt's home?
(a) His aunt shaking him.
(b) Birds.
(c) The governess bringing tea.
(d) A bell.

2. What Russian writer is quoted in the beginning of the novel?
(a) Chekhov.
(b) Dostoyevski.
(c) Tolstoy.
(d) Pushkin.

3. Where was Van born?
(a) Austria.
(b) Germany.
(c) Italy.
(d) Switzerland.

4. Who is Van's first sexual experience with?
(a) A prostitute and young helper at the corner shop.
(b) A girl in his class at school.
(c) A prostitute who works as a barmaid.
(d) A girl who works at the movie theater.

5. What does Marina suspect might be Van's reason for leaving?
(a) He has left a girlfriend in London.
(b) His father is ill.
(c) He is eloping with Blanche.
(d) He is angry at something she said.

Short Answer Questions

1. After Van returns from washing his hands, where does he find Ada?

2. At the table at Ardis Hall, who does Lucette sit between?

3. Who is at home when Van first arrives at Ardis Hall?

4. What is the "eremitic reality or collective dream" Van discusses in his dissertation called?

5. Over the thirteen years preceding Aqua's death, how much does Van calculate that he's spent with her?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Van do, when Ada suggests he spank Lucette?

2. Where and in what circumstances do Van and Ada first have sex?

3. How does Van feel about Cordula?

4. How does Dick cheat at cards, and how does Van best him?

5. What are the rules of marriage among relatives that Van and Ada discuss?

6. How does Van feel about Marina?

7. How does Marina describe Jews to her daughter?

8. Describe the encounter between Blanche and Van.

9. What reason does Van give Marina for leaving?

10. What are the circumstances of Marina's first romantic liaison with Demon?

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