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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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.

3. 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) Dmitri.
(c) Yuri.
(d) Nabokov.

4. Why does Nabokov ride his bike each afternoon past the house of the family's head coachmen?
(a) He needs to apologize to the coachman.
(b) The coachman's daughter, Polenka, watches him ride by.
(c) He wants to see his prize stallion.
(d) He wants to learn how to drive a coach.

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

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

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

8. What puts Nabokov at odds with many of his colleagues?
(a) His desire to emigrate to the United States.
(b) His opinions of the state of affairs in his home country.
(c) His Russian accent.
(d) His inability to speak English.

9. What fills Nabokov with surprise, while roller-skating?
(a) His mother skates very well.
(b) An older American girl comments on his excellent skating.
(c) Colette is also roller-skating.
(d) He is not very good.

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

11. 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.

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

13. What is happening in the larger cities of Western Europe?
(a) They are unhappy about the number of Russians.
(b) They are not allowing Russians to immigrate to their countries.
(c) Russian writers and artists have a considerable presence.
(d) They are losing Russian immigrants.

14. At what does Nabokov hint about Sergey?
(a) His desire to join the military.
(b) His wish to emigrate to America.
(c) His interest in a girl.
(d) His possible homosexuality.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does Nabokov's father die?

3. Who does Nabokov marry?

4. What earns Vladimir several rebukes from the Tsarist government?

5. Why does she hand him a hand mirror?

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