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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What are two events that Nabokov remembers watching outside his mother's window?
(a) The training of horses and the revolutionary action in the street.
(b) The training of horses and the village children on their way to school.
(c) Mr. Burness' arrival and the revolutionary action in the street.
(d) Mr. Burness' arrival nad the village children on their way to school.

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

4. Why does little Vladimir close his eyes at the bottom of each stairway?
(a) His nanny is coaxing him up the stairs.
(b) He and his mother are playing a game on the way to the children's sleeping rooms.
(c) He and his brother are playing hide and seek.
(d) His father is taking him to bed.

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

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

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

8. What has Nabokov always had difficulty doing?
(a) Eating.
(b) Writing.
(c) Sleeping.
(d) Speaking in public.

9. What does this thriving upper-class tourist industry offer?
(a) Gambling, live theatre, and music.
(b) Vendors lining the beach and even servants in the change huts to assist in the removal of bathing suits.
(c) Expensive restaurants, street vendors, and swimming lessons.
(d) Live performances, pubs and restaurants, and bicycles to rent.

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

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

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

13. Why is he detained briefly in 1918, by a Bolshevik soldier?
(a) He is evading the draft.
(b) He is accused him of signaling British warships with his net.
(c) He has run away from the Red Army.
(d) He is trying to escape the country.

14. In exile in America, when a ranger or marshal spots him traipsing into the backwoods, net in hand, what is he asked?
(a) If he has a fishing license.
(b) What the net is for.
(c) Where his guide is.
(d) What he is doing in the woods.

15. When do they arrive in Paris?
(a) Early morning.
(b) Early afternoon.
(c) Late afternoon.
(d) In the middle of the night.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. To what simple rule does Nabokov's mother ascribe?

3. What does Nabokov reveal about his mind?

4. Why does Nabokov's father force the family to leave a sidewalk cafe?

5. To what does Nabokov compare existence?

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