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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Young Vladimir favor the new methods of studying butterflies?
(a) They are easier to use.
(b) They are more efficient.
(c) They are more exciting.
(d) He enjoys delving into the minutiae of the subject.

2. Who are Miss Norcott and Miss Hunt?
(a) Two of Vladimir's governesses.
(b) Two of Vladimir's girlfriends.
(c) Two of Vladimir's aunts.
(d) Two of Vladimir's tutors.

3. When does Nabokov eventually discover a new species?
(a) At Cambridge.
(b) Not until he is an old man, living in exile in the United States.
(c) In Germany visiting his family.
(d) As a small boy in Russia.

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

5. In exile in America, when a ranger or marshal spots him traipsing into the backwoods, net in hand, what is he asked?
(a) What the net is for.
(b) If he has a fishing license.
(c) Where his guide is.
(d) What he is doing in the woods.

6. Why is he detained briefly in 1918, by a Bolshevik soldier?
(a) He has run away from the Red Army.
(b) He is trying to escape the country.
(c) He is accused him of signaling British warships with his net.
(d) He is evading the draft.

7. What does Nabokov learn to read and write before Russian or French?
(a) German.
(b) Swedish.
(c) Dutch.
(d) English.

8. To what simple rule does Nabokov's mother ascribe?
(a) Love with all your soul and leave the rest to fate.
(b) Love your neighbors as yourself.
(c) Follow the Golden Rule.
(d) Be honest and things will go your way.

9. Mademoiselle threatens several times to leave. Why does she end up staying?
(a) Nabokov's mother talks her into staying
(b) Nabokov's mother gives her a raise.
(c) Nabokov's mother threatens her.
(d) Nabokov's mother gives her gifts.

10. Why does Nabokov's mother often wander the estate's forest?
(a) She becomes lost easily.
(b) To search for mushrooms.
(c) It helps clear her mind.
(d) She loves the estate property.

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

12. It is unusual for aristocrats in Russian to be hanged, and as a child, what does Nabokov call the trail through the woods on the estate where a previous owner had been hanged?
(a) The "Path of the Hanged."
(b) The "Hanging Rope."
(c) The "walk of the Hanged One."
(d) The "Road to a Hanging."

13. What is memorable about this first memory?
(a) He wonders where his parents are.
(b) He understands that everyone must eat.
(c) He realizes he has the ability to control his own body.
(d) He understands that he is a separate being from his father and mother.

14. How does Mr. Cummings influence Nabokov's scientific drawings of butterflies?
(a) He is Nabokov's science instructor.
(b) He is Nabokov's drawing instructor.
(c) He is Nabokov's butterfly instructor.
(d) He is Nabokov's botanist.

15. What does Young Vladimir discover in the family's attic?
(a) A small collection of exotic butterflies.
(b) A book of his family's ancestry.
(c) A small treasure trove of scientific books
(d) Souvenirs from the family trips to France.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the Nabokov family frequently travel from St. Petersburg to Paris?

2. When do they arrive in Paris?

3. Who are some of the ancestors on Nabokov's paternal, Russian side?

4. What has Nabokov always had difficulty doing?

5. What does Nabokov investigate about his family?

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