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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What is happening in the larger cities of Western Europe?
(a) Russian writers and artists have a considerable presence.
(b) They are losing Russian immigrants.
(c) They are not allowing Russians to immigrate to their countries.
(d) They are unhappy about the number of Russians.
2. 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 will not change over time.
(c) It is based on many people's views over a period of time.
(d) It can come in many different forms.
3. In 1914, a sixteen-year-old Yuri visits the Nabokovs,and what does he produce?
(a) A cigarette case.
(b) A book for Nabokov.
(c) A girlfriend.
(d) A new invention.
4. Why does she hand him a hand mirror?
(a) He has a cut on his forehead.
(b) He has grown so much.
(c) He had smashed a mosquito on his cheek.
(d) His face is covered in dirt.
5. 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.
6. What is Nabokov called in exile?
(a) A dirty Russian.
(b) A ymigry.
(c) A white Russian.
(d) An immigrant.
7. Why does Nabokov feel exiled in Crimea, a Russian territory?
(a) He misses Tamara.
(b) He misses his butterflies.
(c) The environment is so foreign.
(d) He does not have his family with him.
8. What does Nabokov confess about Yuri and himself?
(a) The "slums of sex" were unknown to both of them.
(b) They know nothing about America.
(c) The devastation of war is new to them.
(d) They wish they had girlfriends.
9. What is the purpose of the Constituent Assembly?
(a) Tries to limit the extent of Soviet control.
(b) To give power to the Soviets.
(c) To encourage Soviet control.
(d) To support the Soviets.
10. Nabokov develops a fondness for what?
(b) Composing chess problems.
(d) Lawn tennis.
11. 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 convinces the Bolsheviks that he has leprosy.
(c) He holds them out a window.
(d) He shoots at the Bolsheviks.
12. When does Nabokov begin to write poetry?
(a) Around 1914.
(b) Around 1904.
(c) Around 1924.
(d) Around 1934.
13. What do Yuri and Nabokov invent?
(a) A way to distract siblings.
(b) A tool to make household chores easier.
(c) A game.
(d) A weapon.
14. Who rents a modest summer cottage called a dachka?
(a) Tamara's parents.
(b) Colette parents.
(c) The Nabokov family.
(d) Nabokov's uncle.
15. What is Nabokov's favorite Captain Mayne Reid novel?
(a) Paul Bunyan.
(b) The Headless Horseman.
(c) Bonnie and Clyde.
(d) Johnny Appleseed.
Short Answer Questions
1. How is Nabokov's life at Cambridge, compared to his former existence?
2. What does Nabokov remember about his father's remarkable writing ability?
3. What country does the family travel through on their way to London?
4. When does his first poem take shape in his mind?
5. Why does Max endear himself to the dogs?
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