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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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 small collection of exotic butterflies.
(d) A book of his family's ancestry.

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

4. Of what descent is Nabokov's mother?
(a) Aristocratic Norwegian descent.
(b) Aristocratic Swedish descent.
(c) Aristocratic German descent.
(d) Aristocratic English descent.

5. After his retirement, from what does Dimitri Nabokov begin to suffer?
(a) Heart disease.
(b) Arthritis.
(c) Dementia.
(d) Emphysema.

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

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

8. Where does Nabokov's family live until his father's death in 1922?
(a) In Hamburg.
(b) In Paris.
(c) In Berlin.
(d) In Brussels.

9. 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.

10. Why does Young Vladimir favor the new methods of studying butterflies?
(a) He enjoys delving into the minutiae of the subject.
(b) They are more exciting.
(c) They are easier to use.
(d) They are more efficient.

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

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

13. What does Nabokov call the process of using both the English and Russian translations of "Speak, Memory" to shape the current work?
(a) Reediting.
(b) Re-Englishing.
(c) Rewriting.
(d) Redoing.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Though many doubt this ailment, What happens to Ivanovich?

2. With what is young Vladimir obsessed?

3. Who is referred to simply as "Mademoiselle?"

4. What is their mother's reaction when she sees that her children have opened the presents from their stockings early and poorly rewrapped them?

5. 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?

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