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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Nabokov ride his bike each afternoon past the house of the family's head coachmen?
(a) He wants to see his prize stallion.
(b) He wants to learn how to drive a coach.
(c) He needs to apologize to the coachman.
(d) The coachman's daughter, Polenka, watches him ride by.

2. What does Vladimir continue to do while in exile in Berlin?
(a) Work for the Russian government.
(b) Own property in Russia.
(c) Take his family to France for the summers.
(d) Write about human rights.

3. The boredom of the audience at these poetry performances is obvious to everyone but whom?
(a) Lenski.
(b) Max.
(c) Nabokov.
(d) Dmitri.

4. What does he describe with obvious revelry?
(a) The feeling of isolation and contentment when writing a work of poetry.
(b) The feeling of freedom in hunting and capturing a new species of butterfly.
(c) The feeling of power and excertion in playing a game of lawn tennis with family and friends.
(d) The feeling of selfless isolation that such prolonged expenditures of concentration engenders.

5. How many children do the Nabokovs eventually have?
(a) Six.
(b) Five.
(c) Four.
(d) Two.

6. Who dies young of a heart ailment?
(a) A Polish tutor.
(b) A Ukrainian mathematician.
(c) The schoolmaster.
(d) A Greek spelling tutor.

7. Why does she hand him a hand mirror?
(a) His face is covered in dirt.
(b) He had smashed a mosquito on his cheek.
(c) He has a cut on his forehead.
(d) He has grown so much.

8. What is happening in the larger cities of Western Europe?
(a) Russian writers and artists have a considerable presence.
(b) They are unhappy about the number of Russians.
(c) They are not allowing Russians to immigrate to their countries.
(d) They are losing Russian immigrants.

9. What is the subject of this chapter?
(a) Nabokov's uncle, Vladimir Dmitrievich Nabokov.
(b) Nabokov's tutor, Vladimir Dmitrievich Nabokov.
(c) Nabokov's brother, Vladimir Dmitrievich Nabokov.
(d) Nabokov's father, Vladimir Dmitrievich Nabokov.

10. Why does Max endear himself to the dogs?
(a) He would like to own a kennel of his own some day.
(b) He loves dogs.
(c) So they do not raise the alarm when he comes back from his late night trysts.
(d) He is initially afraid of them, so he gives them treats, so they will stay calm.

11. Who does Nabokov meet at the age of sixteen?
(a) A young girl named Tamara.
(b) His cousin, Yuri.
(c) A young girl named Colette.
(d) His youngest brother.

12. What does the revolution do to most of the Russian writers and artists?
(a) Hires them to write about the revolution.
(b) Increases their fame.
(c) Sends them into exile.
(d) Gives them subjects for their work.

13. Why is the relationship between Kirill, the younger brother, and Nabokov more like that of distant friends?
(a) They have such different personalities.
(b) Due to the large gap in their ages.
(c) They do not get along.
(d) Due to Kirill being given up for adoption.

14. What does he do with a poem before he writes it down?
(a) He writes it on a chalkboard.
(b) He discusses his ideas with his father.
(c) He reads the poem to his mother.
(d) He contructs it entirely in his head.

15. After Cambridge, how is Nabokov's life?
(a) A similar life to that in Russia.
(b) A middle-class life.
(c) A life of financial success and artistic destitution.
(d) A life of financial destitution and intellectual opulence.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is their first spelling tutor?

2. Though he is an excellent teacher to the Nabokov boys, what does Lenski find difficult?

3. On what does the rest of the family live?

4. Who finds himself surrounded by social elites whose view of the Revolution is, at least at first, far more positive than his own?

5. What does she tell him when he is finished reciting the poem?

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