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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What is Nabokov called in exile?
(a) A ymigry.
(b) A white Russian.
(c) A dirty Russian.
(d) An immigrant.

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

5. 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 power and excertion in playing a game of lawn tennis with family and friends.
(c) The feeling of selfless isolation that such prolonged expenditures of concentration engenders.
(d) The feeling of isolation and contentment when writing a work of poetry.

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

7. When does Nabokov begin to write poetry?
(a) Around 1904.
(b) Around 1924.
(c) Around 1934.
(d) Around 1914.

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

9. What does young Nabokov's status as a child of the intelligentsia often do to him?
(a) It makes him stand out in a crowd.
(b) It isolates him from his fellow students
(c) He receives many compliments.
(d) It encourages him to make friends.

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

11. 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 finds them while writing poetry.
(d) He and Tamara find the secret spots.

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

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

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

15. 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) On government assistance.
(d) His father's retirement check.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does she hand him a hand mirror?

2. Vladimir is raised by his own share of governesses and tutors but where does he go at the age of 13?

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

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

5. When does his first poem take shape in his mind?

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