Essay Topic 1
Nabokov has always had difficulty sleeping.
Part 1) Why?
Part 2) What is the purpose of an autobiography?
Part 3) What is the purpose of this autobiography?
Essay Topic 2
Nabokov lives a bourgeois, aristocratic life.
Part 1) What evidence from the text suggests this?
Part 2) When and why does this lifestyle end?
Part 3) How does Nabokov handle this change in lifestyle?
Essay Topic 3
The second chapter focuses on Nabokov's mother.
Part 1) Describe Nabokov's mother.
Part 2) Compare Nabokov and his mother.
Part 3) What is Nabokov's relationship like with his mother?
Essay Topic 4
Nabokov gives a brief history of his maternal and paternal ancestors.
Part 1) Describe his paternal and maternal ancestors.
Part 2) Compare and contrast these ancestors.
Part 3) What can one learn about Nabokov from this information?
Essay Topic 5
Nabokov and his brother go through a series of nannies, governesses, and tutors.
Part 1) Choose four of these individuals. Describe them, and explain...
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