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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. How old was Pnin when he left his home country?
(a) 21.
(b) 19.
(c) 18.
(d) 25.

2. Why doesn't Laurence want Pnin to stay in his house?
(a) He thinks Pnin is dirty.
(b) He thinks Pnin is strange.
(c) He hates Pnin.
(d) He thinks Pnin is mean.

3. Who helps Pnin to salvage his trip in Chapter 1?
(a) The train conductor.
(b) A truck driver.
(c) The boat captain.
(d) The flight attendant.

4. Why was Pnin made to sit in his bed for weeks with nothing to do when he was a child?
(a) His parents and doctors were concerned about his lungs.
(b) He hurt his head.
(c) His parents and doctors were concerned about his heart.
(d) He hurt his back.

5. How would Pnin be described when he is drunk?
(a) Mean.
(b) Anxious.
(c) Humorous.
(d) Sad.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Liza pretend that she wanted to be back with Pnin even though she was carrying Dr. Wind's child?

2. Who stayed in the room before Pnin at the Clementses' house?

3. Where were Pnin and his wife Liza staying when she met Dr. Wind, the man she ends up leaving Pnin for?

4. What is Pnin's first name?

5. One day, in Chapter 3, Pnin finds the house completely to himself. Where have the Clementses gone?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Pnin's fellow professor, Oleg Komarov.

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

3. Why has the daughter of Laurence and Joan Clements left home, and what do they now have available?

4. Why does Pnin seek out Oleg Komarov in Chapter 3?

5. How does Laurence Clements feel about Pnin staying in his house?

6. What do Joan and Pnin learn they have in common from their discussion in Chapter 2?

7. Why has Pnin always been a constant mover?

8. What does Pnin tell Joan about his background in Chapter 2?

9. What does Pnin almost encounter when he comes down the stairs during the Clementses' party in Chapter 2?

10. Why is Pnin so horrified at the possibility of losing his suitcase in Chapter 1?

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