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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In 1914, a sixteen-year-old Yuri visits the Nabokovs,and what does he produce?
(a) A new invention.
(b) A girlfriend.
(c) A cigarette case.
(d) A book for Nabokov.

2. In 1904, who does Nabokov remember meeting for the first time?
(a) His cousin.
(b) His sister.
(c) His youngest brother.
(d) His uncle.

3. How does she respond to his poem?
(a) She does not think it is very good.
(b) She is hardly paying attention to the poem.
(c) She sits patiently and then asks a lot of questions.
(d) She sits listening with tears in her eyes.

4. Why does Nabokov have secret spots?
(a) He has found them in pursuit of butterflies.
(b) He and his brother play in the secret spots.
(c) He and Tamara find the secret spots.
(d) He finds them while writing poetry.

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

6. His other brother, Sergey, is only a year younger than Nabokov. The two are raised together, but what makes them different?
(a) They have different tutors.
(b) They have different fathers.
(c) They have disparate interests.
(d) They have different hair color.

7. What happens, when winter comes, to their love affair?
(a) It has to endure a life of closer scrutiny.
(b) It fades to nothing.
(c) It comes out in the open.
(d) It ends.

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

9. What types of tutors does Nabokov's father seem to intentionally choose?
(a) Those who attend college at Cambridge.
(b) Tutors with widely varying backgrounds and subjects of expertise.
(c) Tutors with a background in Russian literature.
(d) Those with experience working with aristocrat's children.

10. What is the purpose of the Constituent Assembly?
(a) Tries to limit the extent of Soviet control.
(b) To support the Soviets.
(c) To give power to the Soviets.
(d) To encourage Soviet control.

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

12. Why does Sergey end up in a concentration camp?
(a) Due to his outspoken opposition to the regime.
(b) He is captured by the Nazis as a POW.
(c) He is Jewish.
(d) He humiliated a high-ranking official.

13. In 1910, what do the Nabokov brothers acquire?
(a) A dog.
(b) Teeth braces.
(c) A new nanny.
(d) A new estate.

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

15. What does Nabokov confess about Yuri and himself?
(a) The "slums of sex" were unknown to both of them.
(b) The devastation of war is new to them.
(c) They know nothing about America.
(d) They wish they had girlfriends.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the headstrong Yuri in later life introduce to Nabokov?

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

3. What is the response to Nabokov's published book of poems?

4. Who dies young of a heart ailment?

5. What precaution does Nabokov's father take?

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