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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why is Nabokov disappointed to hear that one of his tutors marries a peasant girl?
(a) He thinks he should have married someone in a higher social class.
(b) He thinks he should have married his aunt.
(c) He thinks of his tutors as people devoted to their art or profession.
(d) He thinks he should have married one of his sisters.

2. How long does the family stay in Paris?
(a) Six months.
(b) One week.
(c) One month.
(d) One night.

3. What do the first-class carriages feature?
(a) Leather-covered walls, large mirrors, and wide windows.
(b) Live music, leather seats, and large mirrors.
(c) Leather-covered walls, leather seats, and wide windows.
(d) Servants at every entrance, caviar, and live music.

4. What mystifies the two boys about Mademoiselle?
(a) She is kind most of the timea but can easily lose her temper.
(b) She reads many novels to the boys, all in French, with a smooth, gentle voice.
(d) She has children that visit her once a month, but she never allows the two boys to play with her children.

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

6. What does the butterfly net in particular always invite?
(a) Curious visitors.
(b) Intriguing discussions.
(c) Awkward comments.
(d) Exciting questions.

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

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

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

10. What does Nabokov learn to read and write before Russian or French?
(a) German.
(b) English.
(c) Dutch.
(d) Swedish.

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

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

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

14. Who occupies one of the estates near St. Petersburg when not abroad?
(a) Nabokov's father, Dmitri.
(b) Vyra, Nabokov's wife.
(c) Nabokov's cousin, Yuri.
(d) Nabokov's uncle, Vasiliy Ivanovich.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Nabokov's mother often wander the estate's forest?

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

3. In exile in America, when a ranger or marshal spots him traipsing into the backwoods, net in hand, what is he asked?

4. How do the aristocrats confront the ocean waves?

5. What does the rain cause to grow on the estate?

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