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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What are two events that Nabokov remembers watching outside his mother's window?
(a) Mr. Burness' arrival nad the village children on their way to school.
(b) The training of horses and the revolutionary action in the street.
(c) The training of horses and the village children on their way to school.
(d) Mr. Burness' arrival and the revolutionary action in the street.

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

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

4. What does Nabokov investigate about his family?
(a) Their country of origin.
(b) The family's coat of arms.
(c) Their relationship to the tsar.
(d) Their religion.

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

6. Why does Nabokov's father force the family to leave a sidewalk cafe?
(a) The food is not edible.
(b) The wait staff is slow and untrained.
(c) His father sees an old acquaintance he would rather avoid.
(d) The father notices two Japanese officers dining at a nearby table.

7. What has Nabokov always had difficulty doing?
(a) Speaking in public.
(b) Sleeping.
(c) Writing.
(d) Eating.

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

9. What properties do the Nabokovs own until the Russian revolution?
(a) Several summer cottages on the Baltic Sea.
(b) Several large estates south of St. Petersburg.
(c) A large estate in St. Petersburg.
(d) A large estate in Moscow.

10. Why is the family forced to leave Russia?
(a) The father is in trouble with the police.
(b) Their religion is being persecuted.
(c) Their visas have expired.
(d) The revolution has ended.

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

12. What does Nabokov reveal about his mind?
(a) He has a great short-term memory.
(b) He hallucinates.
(c) He always associates sounds with colors.
(d) He has depression.

13. The rest of the chapters are published separately, mainly by whom?
(a) The Chicago Tribune.
(b) The New York Times.
(c) The St. Petersburg Publishing House.
(d) The New Yorker.

14. What is their mother's reaction when she sees that her children have opened the presents from their stockings early and poorly rewrapped them?
(a) She scolds them for trying to deceive her.
(b) She pretends to not see their poor rewrapping.
(c) She spots their deception and bursts into tears.
(d) She laughs at their attempt at deception.

15. They board the Sud-Express and disembark in what town?
(a) Biarritz.
(b) Marseille.
(c) Brest.
(d) Nice.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Mr. Cummings influence Nabokov's scientific drawings of butterflies?

2. What does the butterfly net in particular always invite?

3. Why does Vasiliy insist upon lying supine on the floor?

4. What is memorable about this first memory?

5. How does Mademoiselle provide Vladimir with an extra hour or two out of the darkness?

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