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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why is Nabokov's tutor rebuked by his mother?
(a) He is not doing an adequate job.
(b) He spies on the young couple.
(c) He is being rude to her children.
(d) He is repeatedly late.

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

3. What makes becoming a Russian novelist an uphill battle for Nabokov at Cambridge?
(a) He does not know of very many Russian writers.
(b) He is not a great writer.
(c) The pull toward Western literature is strong.
(d) He does not speak Russian very well.

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

5. What do Yuri and Nabokov invent?
(a) A way to distract siblings.
(b) A tool to make household chores easier.
(c) A weapon.
(d) A game.

6. What does Nabokov remember about his father's remarkable writing ability?
(a) He could spell any word.
(b) He could write sentence after sentence without correction.
(c) He has beautiful handwriting.
(d) He is very poetic.

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

8. Why do they hire the village schoolmaster, though he is not technically one of the family's regular tutors?
(a) To give them a crash course in the Russian language.
(b) To give them mathematics lessons.
(c) To give them writing lessons.
(d) To give them French lessons.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the subject of this chapter?

2. Why does the relationship fizzle out?

3. What is Nabokov called in exile?

4. At what does Nabokov hint about Sergey?

5. Why does Sergey end up in a concentration camp?

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