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Multiple Choice Questions

1. This chapter is the first recorded work, published in French in 1936, under the name "Mademoiselle O."
(a) Chapter Four.
(b) Chapter Five.
(c) Chapter Seven.
(d) Chapter Two.

2. To whom does Nabokov feel the strongest bond of kinship?
(a) His mother's paternal grandfather, Nikolay Illarionovich Kozlov.
(b) His mother's maternal grandfather, Nikolay Illarionovich Kozlov.
(c) His father's maternal grandfather, Nikolay Illarionovich Kozlov.
(d) His father's paternal grandfather, Nikolay Illarionovich Kozlov.

3. To whom is Chapter Five devoted?
(a) Nabokov's wife.
(b) Nabokov's father.
(c) Nabokov's mother.
(d) Nabokov's governess.

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

5. What do the first-class carriages feature?
(a) Leather-covered walls, leather seats, and wide windows.
(b) Leather-covered walls, large mirrors, and wide windows.
(c) Servants at every entrance, caviar, and live music.
(d) Live music, leather seats, and large mirrors.

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

7. To what is Nabokov's mother quite sensitive?
(a) Seemingly small events.
(b) Insect bites.
(c) Perfume.
(d) Insults.

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

9. From where does Mademoiselle come?
(a) Denmark.
(b) France.
(c) Switzerland.
(d) Africa.

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

11. Soon, the string of nurses transforms into what?
(a) A string of teachers.
(b) A string of doctors.
(c) A string of surgeons.
(d) A string of governesses.

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

13. Who is referred to simply as "Mademoiselle?"
(a) The governess.
(b) His sister.
(c) His aunt.
(d) The tutor.

14. What does this thriving upper-class tourist industry offer?
(a) Gambling, live theatre, and music.
(b) Vendors lining the beach and even servants in the change huts to assist in the removal of bathing suits.
(c) Expensive restaurants, street vendors, and swimming lessons.
(d) Live performances, pubs and restaurants, and bicycles to rent.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Nabokov disappointed to hear that one of his tutors marries a peasant girl?

2. How does Nabokov open his autobiography?

3. How does the family spend their time in this town?

4. How do the aristocrats confront the ocean waves?

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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