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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. 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) He receives many compliments.
(c) It encourages him to make friends.
(d) It makes him stand out in a crowd.
2. 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 hair color.
(b) They have disparate interests.
(c) They have different fathers.
(d) They have different tutors.
3. Though he is an excellent teacher to the Nabokov boys, what does Lenski find difficult?
(a) Teaching the boys to be well-behaved.
(b) Making his lessons interesting.
(c) His own studies.
(d) Teaching the boys mathematics.
4. 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.
5. What does Nabokov mean when he says poetry is positional?
(a) It is a description of one human being's place in the universe at a precise moment in time.
(b) It is based on many people's views over a period of time.
(c) It will not change over time.
(d) It can come in many different forms.
6. During this time, of what does Nabokov seem incapable?
(a) Of getting married.
(b) A solid connection to any of the societies around him.
(c) Failing as a writer.
(d) Having too many friends.
7. While he is writing a poem, to what is he prone?
(a) To wander aimlessly through the forest.
(b) Long lapses of attention to the world around him.
(c) To bounce ideas off his mother.
(d) To sing to himself.
8. The boredom of the audience at these poetry performances is obvious to everyone but whom?
9. How is Nabokov's life at Cambridge, compared to his former existence?
(a) Very similar.
(d) Different, but good.
10. Once, upon returning from the park with a poem freshly in his mind, what does he do?
(a) He decides to recite the work to his mother.
(b) He recites it to his grandmother.
(c) He recites it to his sister.
(d) He recites it to his nanny.
11. In 1914, a sixteen-year-old Yuri visits the Nabokovs,and what does he produce?
(a) A cigarette case.
(b) A girlfriend.
(c) A book for Nabokov.
(d) A new invention.
12. Who rents a modest summer cottage called a dachka?
(a) Nabokov's uncle.
(b) Colette parents.
(c) The Nabokov family.
(d) Tamara's parents.
13. What precaution does Nabokov's father take?
(a) He sends them to the United States.
(b) He puts them in hiding in St. Petersburg.
(c) He changes their last name
(d) He sends his family to Crimea.
14. What is Nabokov called in exile?
(a) An immigrant.
(b) A ymigry.
(c) A dirty Russian.
(d) A white Russian.
15. What is the response to Nabokov's published book of poems?
(a) Huge praise.
(b) Critics want to see another book published.
(c) Critics are not kind.
(d) No response.
Short Answer Questions
1. After Cambridge, how is Nabokov's life?
2. How would Nabokov spend hours?
3. What do both Vladimir's writings on technical matters as well as philosophical have in common?
4. Vladimir is raised by his own share of governesses and tutors but where does he go at the age of 13?
5. What is the subject of this chapter?
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