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Multiple Choice Questions

1. During this time, of what does Nabokov seem incapable?
(a) Failing as a writer.
(b) Having too many friends.
(c) Of getting married.
(d) A solid connection to any of the societies around him.

2. Other than his wife, what does Nabokov claim about his good friends?
(a) They are artists and writers, like himself.
(b) They are all writers.
(c) To have made no more than two good friends over a span of twenty years.
(d) He has many.

3. What is Nabokov's favorite Captain Mayne Reid novel?
(a) Paul Bunyan.
(b) Johnny Appleseed.
(c) The Headless Horseman.
(d) Bonnie and Clyde.

4. What country does the family travel through on their way to London?
(a) Italy.
(b) Belgium.
(c) France.
(d) Greece.

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

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

7. What does Nabokov say they had lost that winter in St. Petersburg?
(a) Their "sylvan security."
(b) Their "true identities."
(c) Their "secret hideaway."
(d) Their "lovers' nest."

8. What casts a cloud over the exiled Russian intelligentsia?
(a) Their inability to speak English.
(b) Their inabiltiy to move to the United States.
(c) Their inability to move to another European coutnry.
(d) The inability to publish in their home country.

9. How does Nabokov describe the poet?
(a) A man who can describe any setting.
(b) A man of simple words.
(c) A man he wishes to be.
(d) A man who can feel and interpret everything that is happening in any single moment.

10. Though he is an excellent teacher to the Nabokov boys, what does Lenski find difficult?
(a) Making his lessons interesting.
(b) His own studies.
(c) Teaching the boys to be well-behaved.
(d) Teaching the boys mathematics.

11. Why does Nabokov feel exiled in Crimea, a Russian territory?
(a) The environment is so foreign.
(b) He does not have his family with him.
(c) He misses his butterflies.
(d) He misses Tamara.

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

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

14. Why does the relationship fizzle out?
(a) They no longer have anything in common.
(b) Tamara is tired of him.
(c) Tamara moves back to St. Petersburg and gets a job.
(d) Nabokov's father finds out.

15. What precaution does Nabokov's father take?
(a) He puts them in hiding in St. Petersburg.
(b) He sends his family to Crimea.
(c) He sends them to the United States.
(d) He changes their last name

Short Answer Questions

1. The boredom of the audience at these poetry performances is obvious to everyone but whom?

2. Who does Nabokov meet at the age of sixteen?

3. At what does Nabokov hint about Sergey?

4. His other brother, Sergey, is only a year younger than Nabokov. The two are raised together, but what makes them different?

5. How would Nabokov spend hours?

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