Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why does Ada tell stories at meals?
2. What is the "eremitic reality or collective dream" Van discusses in his dissertation called?
3. What does Dack run through the house with?
4. What gift does Dan give Ada for her birthday?
5. Who walks in on Ada and Van making love?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Van give to Lucette in exchange for the name of the man who wants to marry her?
2. What metaphor does Van use for trying to understand time?
3. How does Van respond to an invitation to dine at the Captain's table?
4. Where and in what circumstances do Van and Ada first have sex?
5. In Marina's last days, why is Van planning a trip to America?
6. How does Van gain the post of Rattner Chair of Philosophy at University of Kingston?
7. What does Blanche look like as she is ready to leave?
8. What does Ada say lions do when they eat a person?
9. Describe the encounter between Blanche and Van.
10. What were the reviews of Van's first book like?
Nabokov is known for wordplay, and part of this is using significant names or manipulating names. Discuss the names of characters and places in the novel.
1) What meanings are put onto the characters' names by their association with other words? For example, what do Demon, Aqua, and Marina's names mean? What meanings are put on "Ada" and "Van"?
2) Discuss the name of Ardis Hall and what meanings and associations it has in the novel.
3) How do characters' names change in different contexts? What do these name changes signify?
Van has a privileged life. Discuss privilege in the novel.
1) What freedoms does Van's wealth and status allow him? How would his life be different if he weren't wealthy?
2) How is it significant that Van has an independent inheritance from Aqua and is not dependent on Demon for money?
3) What is Van's perception of his position of privilege, and how does this perception change throughout his life, from youth to old age?
The novel is a memoir, narrated by Van with input from Ada, and written in the third person with occasional first-person interludes. Discuss point of view in the novel.
1) Why does Van write his memoir mainly in the third person? What does this say about Van's perception of himself through time and his memories?
2) At what points does Van interrupt the narrative in the first person? What do these first person sections add to the novel? Why are they there?
3) What does Ada add to the novel? Where is her voice present?
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