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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 Two.
(b) Chapter Seven.
(c) Chapter Four.
(d) Chapter Five.

2. What does Nabokov claim stems more from an ecological longing for the place of his birth, than in his family's loss of property and station?
(a) His anger toward the Germans.
(b) His anger toward the British.
(c) His anger toward the French.
(d) His anger toward the Bolsheviks.

3. For whom is young Vladimir mistaken?
(a) An American boy.
(b) A German boy.
(c) A Swedish boy.
(d) An English boy.

4. What does the butterfly net in particular always invite?
(a) Curious visitors.
(b) Awkward comments.
(c) Exciting questions.
(d) Intriguing discussions.

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

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

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

8. What is seen as a dreaded event?
(a) Writing.
(b) Eating.
(c) Sleep.
(d) Speaking in public.

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

10. 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) How much he exercises.
(c) The temperature of the bath water.
(d) The temperature in his home.

11. Each day, when he awakes, how can young Vladimir tell what kind of day it is?
(a) By looking out of the window.
(b) By having the servants open the curtains.
(c) By the character of the light that slips through the shutters.
(d) By asking his mother to check the weather.

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

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

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

15. What does the rain cause to grow on the estate?
(a) Mushrooms.
(b) Geraniums.
(c) Grass.
(d) Hibiscus.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. To whom is Chapter Five devoted?

3. To whom does Nabokov feel the strongest bond of kinship?

4. How does the Nabokov family frequently travel from St. Petersburg to Paris?

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

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