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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Vasiliy insist upon lying supine on the floor?
(a) He claims it relieves his chest pains.
(b) He claims it improves his posture.
(c) He claims it stretches out his spine.
(d) He claims it helps him breathe better.

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

3. 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.

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

5. How long does the family stay in Paris?
(a) One night.
(b) Six months.
(c) One week.
(d) One month.

6. In any of the memories he has from before his obsession began, Nabokov cannot recall the presence of butterflies. What can he recall afterward?
(a) He cannot find nearly as many butterflies as he thought he would.
(b) He cannot remember the outdoors without them.
(c) He is constantly finding new species.
(d) Not very many butterflies, because most Russian varieties are extinct.

7. Who occupies one of the estates near St. Petersburg when not abroad?
(a) Vyra, Nabokov's wife.
(b) Nabokov's uncle, Vasiliy Ivanovich.
(c) Nabokov's father, Dmitri.
(d) Nabokov's cousin, Yuri.

8. Where do the children bathe?
(a) French bathing tubs.
(b) The creek on the estate.
(c) Russian baths.
(d) English portable tubs.

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

10. At the time the family moves, where are Nabokov and his brother?
(a) In the University of Paris.
(b) In Oxford.
(c) In Cambridge.
(d) In New York University.

11. 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 medicines his mother uses.
(d) The temperature of the bath water.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Soon, the string of nurses transforms into what?

2. What are two events that Nabokov remembers watching outside his mother's window?

3. What does Nabokov learn to read and write before Russian or French?

4. How do the aristocrats confront the ocean waves?

5. What does Nabokov call the process of using both the English and Russian translations of "Speak, Memory" to shape the current work?

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