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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What game does the whole family often play on the estate?
(a) Badmitton.
(b) Lawn tennis.
(c) Rounders.
(d) Lawn bowling.

2. How does Mademoiselle provide Vladimir with an extra hour or two out of the darkness?
(a) She allows him to fall asleep in her room.
(b) The light from her lamp gives a little light to his room.
(c) He sits with him while he falls asleep.
(d) She leaves a candle lit by his bed.

3. Of what are Nabokov's memories in a Russian setting?
(a) A quite Russian childhood.
(b) A quite French childhood.
(c) A quite English childhood.
(d) A quite German childhood.

4. What is one of his other memories?
(a) Playing tag with his younger brother.
(b) A dark tunnel through which he crawls, behind a divan in his parent's home.
(c) Getting his foot stuck in the crib.
(d) Getting lost in the estate's vast forest.

5. What is the process by which Vladimir Nabokov writes "Speak, Memory?"
(a) The autobiographical novel is culled from stories told to him by family members.
(b) The autobiographical novel is culled from essays on his life.
(c) The autobiographical novel is culled from essays written by the author's son.
(d) The autobiographical novel is culled from Russian history books.

6. After his retirement, from what does Dimitri Nabokov begin to suffer?
(a) Arthritis.
(b) Heart disease.
(c) Emphysema.
(d) Dementia.

7. How does the Nabokov family frequently travel from St. Petersburg to Paris?
(a) In a sleigh.
(b) By stagecoach.
(c) In the elegant brown Nord-Express train
(d) By horse and carriage.

8. Of what descent is Nabokov's mother?
(a) Aristocratic Swedish descent.
(b) Aristocratic Norwegian descent.
(c) Aristocratic German descent.
(d) Aristocratic English descent.

9. Though many doubt this ailment, What happens to Ivanovich?
(a) He dies of a heart ailment.
(b) He ends up with scoliosis.
(c) He slips a disc.
(d) He dies from lung cancer.

10. What does this hobby do to him?
(a) It encourages him to study.
(b) It encourages him to spend time outside.
(c) It helps him make friends.
(d) It isolates him throughout life.

11. What does the butterfly net in particular always invite?
(a) Awkward comments.
(b) Curious visitors.
(c) Exciting questions.
(d) Intriguing discussions.

12. Why, when Nabokov is a child, is he terrified of the dark?
(a) He thinks burglars will come into his room.
(b) He seems to lose himself in the pitch black.
(c) He is afraid of monsters under his bed.
(d) He is afraid his home will catch on fire.

13. What is young Vladimir's main concern?
(a) Whether or not he will be able to go hunting for new and rare butterflies.
(b) Whether or not he can play with his friends down the road.
(c) Whether or not he will be able to go horseback riding.
(d) Whether or not he can play in the forest.

14. From where is the family returning to Russia?
(a) An autumn in London.
(b) A summer in France.
(c) Almost an entire year abroad.
(d) A winter in Greece.

15. What would change throughout Nabokov's childhood, depending on the prevailing advice of the family's current medical consultant?
(a) The temperature in his home.
(b) How much he exercises.
(c) The temperature of the bath water.
(d) The medicines his mother uses.

Short Answer Questions

1. During one such trip in the summer of 1909, who does young Nabokov meet?

2. What is happening to the science of butterflies at this time?

3. What does the rain cause to grow on the estate?

4. What is seen as a dreaded event?

5. Where does Nabokov's family live until his father's death in 1922?

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