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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. To what does the memory of the bracelet lead?
(a) An important memory about his mother.
(b) An important memory about Mademoiselle.
(c) An important memory about Colette.
(d) An important memory about his father.

3. Of what are Nabokov's memories in a Russian setting?
(a) A quite French childhood.
(b) A quite Russian childhood.
(c) A quite English childhood.
(d) A quite German childhood.

4. Why does Nabokov's mother often wander the estate's forest?
(a) It helps clear her mind.
(b) To search for mushrooms.
(c) She becomes lost easily.
(d) She loves the estate property.

5. Where does Nabokov's mother trick Dimitri into believing he is still?
(a) In France.
(b) In Russia.
(c) In London.
(d) In Greece.

6. How does Nabokov open his autobiography?
(a) With a short meditation on the periods of inexistence before birth and after death.
(b) With a short story about the birth of his son.
(c) With an examination of his early childhood.
(d) With a short review of Russian history.

7. When does Nabokov eventually discover a new species?
(a) At Cambridge.
(b) Not until he is an old man, living in exile in the United States.
(c) As a small boy in Russia.
(d) In Germany visiting his family.

8. Mademoiselle threatens several times to leave. Why does she end up staying?
(a) Nabokov's mother gives her a raise.
(b) Nabokov's mother gives her gifts.
(c) Nabokov's mother threatens her.
(d) Nabokov's mother talks her into staying

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

10. What is a battle against the yawning darkness?
(a) Religion.
(b) Prayer.
(c) Love.
(d) Autobiography.

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 father's paternal grandfather, Nikolay Illarionovich Kozlov.
(d) His mother's maternal grandfather, Nikolay Illarionovich Kozlov.

12. How do the aristocrats confront the ocean waves?
(a) With the help of professional bathers.
(b) On a boat.
(c) By swimming in groups.
(d) By diving in.

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

14. What does Nabokov's mother do on the trip to Paris?
(a) Sleeps.
(b) Plays games with her children.
(c) Talks to her husband.
(d) Watches as Russian, and then German, towns glide by.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. During one such trip in the summer of 1909, who does young Nabokov meet?

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

4. What has Nabokov always had difficulty doing?

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

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