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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What intrigues the young Nabokov about the novel?
(a) The description of nature and the American frontier.
(b) Its love of America and the wilderness.
(c) Its mystery and murder.
(d) Its deliberate action and concern for honor.

3. How would Nabokov spend hours?
(a) Writing poetry.
(b) Playing lawn tennis.
(c) Chasing butterflies.
(d) With a chess board in front of him.

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

5. When does his first poem take shape in his mind?
(a) While searching for butterflies.
(b) During a sudden thunderstorm.
(c) While sitting with his mother.
(d) During a theatrical performance.

6. Vladimir is raised by his own share of governesses and tutors but where does he go at the age of 13?
(a) Poly Preparatory.
(b) The Gymnasium.
(c) Berkshire Boys Academy.
(d) St. Petersburg Academy.

7. How does Sergei save the brothers from the Bolsheviks on the train?
(a) He holds them out a window.
(b) He shoots at the Bolsheviks.
(c) He convinces the Bolsheviks that he has leprosy.
(d) He convinces them he has typhus and that is why they are traveling alone in a locked compartment.

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 Vladimir elected to, which the Tsar dissolves?
(a) Russian House of Burgesses.
(b) Russian Congress.
(c) First Russian Parliament.
(d) First Russian Senate.

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

11. What is one thing he recalls suddenly becoming aware of while creating a poem?
(a) His father is speaking to him.
(b) His mother is removing a plate of untouched food from in front of him.
(c) He has forgotten part of the poem.
(d) He's standing in the rain.

12. What does she tell him when he is finished reciting the poem?
(a) She proclaims it wonderful and beyond compare.
(b) He should have it published.
(c) Studying butterflies is a better way to spend one's day.
(d) He should find another hobby.

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

14. On what does the rest of the family live?
(a) On an estate in Germany.
(b) On the sale of a handful of family jewels.
(c) His father's retirement check.
(d) On government assistance.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to Yuri in northern Crimea?

2. Why does Nabokov feel exiled in Crimea, a Russian territory?

3. Why do they hire the village schoolmaster, though he is not technically one of the family's regular tutors?

4. What tutor looks like the French actor Max Linder?

5. What puts Nabokov at odds with many of his colleagues?

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