Short Essay Questions
The 60 short essay questions listed in this section require a one to two sentence answer. They ask students to demonstrate a deeper understanding of the text. Students must describe what they've read, rather than just recall it.
Short Essay Question - Foreword and Chapter 1
1. What is known about the chapters prior to the writing of this book?
2. Explain the process used to create this book.
3. How does Nabokov's autobiography begin?
4. What memory leads to an important memory about his father?
Short Essay Question - Chapter 2
5. Nabokov reveals that his mind always associates sounds with colors. How does his mother react to this unusual sensibility?
6. Describe Nabokov's mother.
7. What evidence does the chapter give of...
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