|Name: _________________________||Period: ___________________|
This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. To what does the memory of the bracelet lead?
(a) An important memory about his father.
(b) An important memory about Colette.
(c) An important memory about Mademoiselle.
(d) An important memory about his mother.
2. What is a battle against the yawning darkness?
3. How does Mademoiselle provide Vladimir with an extra hour or two out of the darkness?
(a) He sits with him while he falls asleep.
(b) She leaves a candle lit by his bed.
(c) She allows him to fall asleep in her room.
(d) The light from her lamp gives a little light to his room.
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 on his life.
(c) The autobiographical novel is culled from essays written by the author's son.
(d) The autobiographical novel is culled from stories told to him by family members.
5. Why, when Nabokov is a child, is he terrified of the dark?
(a) He seems to lose himself in the pitch black.
(b) He thinks burglars will come into his room.
(c) He is afraid his home will catch on fire.
(d) He is afraid of monsters under his bed.
6. What does Young Vladimir discover in the family's attic?
(a) A small collection of exotic butterflies.
(b) Souvenirs from the family trips to France.
(c) A book of his family's ancestry.
(d) A small treasure trove of scientific books
7. What does Nabokov reveal about his mind?
(a) He always associates sounds with colors.
(b) He has depression.
(c) He has a great short-term memory.
(d) He hallucinates.
8. Who is referred to simply as "Mademoiselle?"
(a) His sister.
(b) The governess.
(c) The tutor.
(d) His aunt.
9. What mystifies the two boys about Mademoiselle?
(a) She has children that visit her once a month, but she never allows the two boys to play with her children.
(c) She is kind most of the timea but can easily lose her temper.
(d) She reads many novels to the boys, all in French, with a smooth, gentle voice.
10. How many years does Mademoiselle spend with the family?
11. To whom does Nabokov feel the strongest bond of kinship?
(a) His father's maternal grandfather, Nikolay Illarionovich Kozlov.
(b) His mother's paternal grandfather, Nikolay Illarionovich Kozlov.
(c) His mother's maternal grandfather, Nikolay Illarionovich Kozlov.
(d) His father's paternal grandfather, Nikolay Illarionovich Kozlov.
12. What does this thriving upper-class tourist industry offer?
(a) Live performances, pubs and restaurants, and bicycles to rent.
(b) Expensive restaurants, street vendors, and swimming lessons.
(c) Gambling, live theatre, and music.
(d) Vendors lining the beach and even servants in the change huts to assist in the removal of bathing suits.
13. Though many doubt this ailment, What happens to Ivanovich?
(a) He slips a disc.
(b) He ends up with scoliosis.
(c) He dies of a heart ailment.
(d) He dies from lung cancer.
14. Soon, the string of nurses transforms into what?
(a) A string of governesses.
(b) A string of doctors.
(c) A string of teachers.
(d) A string of surgeons.
15. 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) Not very many butterflies, because most Russian varieties are extinct.
(b) He cannot find nearly as many butterflies as he thought he would.
(c) He is constantly finding new species.
(d) He cannot remember the outdoors without them.
Short Answer Questions
1. For whom is young Vladimir mistaken?
2. This chapter is the first recorded work, published in French in 1936, under the name "Mademoiselle O."
3. Why does Vasiliy insist upon lying supine on the floor?
4. What properties do the Nabokovs own until the Russian revolution?
5. To what does Nabokov compare existence?
This section contains 679 words
(approx. 3 pages at 300 words per page)