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Multiple Choice Questions

1. To what does Nabokov compare existence?
(a) A rollercoaster ride.
(b) A cradle rocking on the edge of an abyss.
(c) The sands in an hourglass.
(d) The seconds on a clock.

2. What is happening to the science of butterflies at this time?
(a) It has not changed for decades.
(b) There is a great unheaval.
(c) The Germans have made leaps and bounds in discoveries.
(d) They have not found any new species.

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

4. How does the family spend their time in this town?
(a) Mountain climbing.
(b) On the beach.
(c) Shopping.
(d) On a boat.

5. With what is young Vladimir obsessed?
(a) Hunting wild animals on his family's estate.
(b) The science of butterflies and the thrill of the hunt.
(c) Playing the piano with his father.
(d) Poetry.

6. When does Nabokov see Mademoiselle again after she is no longer in their household?
(a) In Lausanne after the war.
(b) In New York after the family emigrates to the U.S.
(c) In Paris right before the war.
(d) In London while Nabokov is at Cambridge.

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

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

9. What is Nabokov's favorite medium?
(a) Oils.
(b) Watercolors.
(c) Drawing.
(d) Clay.

10. Where does Nabokov's mother trick Dimitri into believing he is still?
(a) In France.
(b) In Russia.
(c) In Greece.
(d) In London.

11. 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.

12. What is the first memory Nabokov drags from the darkness?
(a) Holding hands with his mother and father, as the three of them walk along a garden path in 1903,
(b) Being fed by his nanny.
(c) Playing in the yard on the estate.
(d) Going on a picnic with his mother and father.

13. 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) Be honest and things will go your way.
(d) Follow the Golden Rule.

14. Where does Nabokov's family live until his father's death in 1922?
(a) In Berlin.
(b) In Brussels.
(c) In Paris.
(d) In Hamburg.

15. What does Nabokov's mother do on the trip to Paris?
(a) Plays games with her children.
(b) Watches as Russian, and then German, towns glide by.
(c) Sleeps.
(d) Talks to her husband.

Short Answer Questions

1. What has Nabokov always had difficulty doing?

2. What does this hobby do to him?

3. What is memorable about this first memory?

4. From where does Mademoiselle come?

5. 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?

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