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Multiple Choice Questions

1. From where does Mademoiselle come?
(a) Switzerland.
(b) Denmark.
(c) Africa.
(d) France.

2. What is memorable about this first memory?
(a) He understands that he is a separate being from his father and mother.
(b) He realizes he has the ability to control his own body.
(c) He understands that everyone must eat.
(d) He wonders where his parents are.

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

4. To whom is Chapter Five devoted?
(a) Nabokov's wife.
(b) Nabokov's father.
(c) Nabokov's governess.
(d) Nabokov's mother.

5. Why, when Nabokov is a child, is he terrified of the dark?
(a) He seems to lose himself in the pitch black.
(b) He thinks burglars will come into his room.
(c) He is afraid of monsters under his bed.
(d) He is afraid his home will catch on fire.

6. How does the family spend their time in this town?
(a) On the beach.
(b) Shopping.
(c) Mountain climbing.
(d) On a boat.

7. 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?
(a) The "Path of the Hanged."
(b) The "Hanging Rope."
(c) The "walk of the Hanged One."
(d) The "Road to a Hanging."

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

9. How many years does Mademoiselle spend with the family?
(a) Seven.
(b) Two
(c) Five.
(d) Seventeen.

10. 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.

11. During one such trip in the summer of 1909, who does young Nabokov meet?
(a) A young German girl, named Brigitte.
(b) A young Spanish girl, named Clara.
(c) A young French girl, named Colette.
(d) A young British girl, named Beth.

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

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

14. From where is the family returning to Russia?
(a) Almost an entire year abroad.
(b) A summer in France.
(c) An autumn in London.
(d) A winter in Greece.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who are some of the ancestors on Nabokov's paternal, Russian side?

2. What is the common name for Boletusoften?

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

4. The rest of the chapters are published separately, mainly by whom?

5. In any of the memories he has from before his obsession began, Nabokov cannot recall the presence of butterflies. What can he recall afterward?

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