Pnin Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Where is Pnin headed at the beginning of Chapter 1?

At the beginning of Chapter 1, Pnin is headed on a train to a town called Cremona. He is on his way to deliver a lecture.

2. Where is Pnin a professor at in Chapter 1?

Pnin is Russian-born and a professor of his native language at an American college called Waindell College. As a teacher, Pnin is a humble man. He is content simply to teach his subject.

3. How does Pnin act when he is drinking? Describe in detail.

Pnin is a very humorous man when he is drinking. He can often be seized with uproarious bouts of laughter, which usually infect all those around him.

4. What subject does Pnin have no desire to teach?

Pnin is very content simply to teach Russian and the literature written in it. He does not aspire to get into the abstract field of linguistics, a science that is particularly popular at the time.

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