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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does she hand him a hand mirror?
(a) He had smashed a mosquito on his cheek.
(b) He has grown so much.
(c) He has a cut on his forehead.
(d) His face is covered in dirt.

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

3. To where do the boys win scholarships?
(a) Oxford.
(b) University of Paris.
(c) Tufts University.
(d) College of William and Mary.

4. How does Sergei save the brothers from the Bolsheviks on the train?
(a) He shoots at the Bolsheviks.
(b) He holds them out a window.
(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.

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

6. Who does Nabokov meet at the age of sixteen?
(a) His youngest brother.
(b) A young girl named Tamara.
(c) A young girl named Colette.
(d) His cousin, Yuri.

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

8. Who finds himself surrounded by social elites whose view of the Revolution is, at least at first, far more positive than his own?
(a) Sergey.
(b) Nabokov.
(c) Yuri.
(d) Dmitri.

9. What does Nabokov mean when he says poetry is positional?
(a) It can come in many different forms.
(b) It is based on many people's views over a period of time.
(c) It will not change over time.
(d) It is a description of one human being's place in the universe at a precise moment in time.

10. Who dies young of a heart ailment?
(a) A Polish tutor.
(b) A Ukrainian mathematician.
(c) The schoolmaster.
(d) A Greek spelling tutor.

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

12. Once, upon returning from the park with a poem freshly in his mind, what does he do?
(a) He recites it to his sister.
(b) He decides to recite the work to his mother.
(c) He recites it to his grandmother.
(d) He recites it to his nanny.

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

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

15. What is publication like outside of Russia?
(a) Better than in the United States.
(b) Not as good as in Russia.
(c) Often insufficiently lucrative to provide a comfortable existence.
(d) A well-paying, satisfying career.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to Yuri in northern Crimea?

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

3. How does Nabokov's father die?

4. What does the revolution do to most of the Russian writers and artists?

5. After Cambridge, how is Nabokov's life?

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