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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How does Mr. Cummings influence Nabokov's scientific drawings of butterflies?
(a) He is Nabokov's botanist.
(b) He is Nabokov's butterfly instructor.
(c) He is Nabokov's science instructor.
(d) He is Nabokov's drawing instructor.

3. 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) Vendors lining the beach and even servants in the change huts to assist in the removal of bathing suits.
(d) Gambling, live theatre, and music.

4. How does Mademoiselle provide Vladimir with an extra hour or two out of the darkness?
(a) She allows him to fall asleep in her room.
(b) She leaves a candle lit by his bed.
(c) The light from her lamp gives a little light to his room.
(d) He sits with him while he falls asleep.

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

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

7. Who are some of the ancestors on Nabokov's paternal, Russian side?
(a) An explorer, the sister of a prominent Decembrist, and Dmitri Nabokov, the author's grandfather, who served as Minister of Justice for eight years.
(b) A government leader, an opera singer, and Dmitri Nabokov, the surgeon.
(c) A lawyer, scientist, and Dmitri Nabokov, a well-known actor.
(d) A prominent Caholic cardinal, a physician, and Dmitri Nabokov, an inventor.

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

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

10. What game does the whole family often play on the estate?
(a) Lawn bowling.
(b) Rounders.
(c) Badmitton.
(d) Lawn tennis.

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

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

13. Who is referred to simply as "Mademoiselle?"
(a) The governess.
(b) His sister.
(c) His aunt.
(d) The tutor.

14. 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 Bolsheviks.
(b) His anger toward the French.
(c) His anger toward the British.
(d) His anger toward the Germans.

15. 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 spots their deception and bursts into tears.
(b) She scolds them for trying to deceive her.
(c) She laughs at their attempt at deception.
(d) She pretends to not see their poor rewrapping.

Short Answer Questions

1. To what does Nabokov compare existence?

2. When do they arrive in Paris?

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

4. Why does Young Vladimir favor the new methods of studying butterflies?

5. Who accompanies Vladimir and his companion on the beach?

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