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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How is Nabokov's life at Cambridge, compared to his former existence?
(a) Dismal.
(b) Very similar.
(c) Wonderful.
(d) Different, but good.

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 can come in many different forms.
(d) It is based on many people's views over a period of time.

3. What earns Vladimir several rebukes from the Tsarist government?
(a) His tardiness to meetings.
(b) His increasing outspokenness about human rights.
(c) His teasing of the Tsarina.
(d) His refusal to be on this council.

4. Why does Sergey end up in a concentration camp?
(a) He humiliated a high-ranking official.
(b) Due to his outspoken opposition to the regime.
(c) He is Jewish.
(d) He is captured by the Nazis as a POW.

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

6. How does Nabokov describe the poet?
(a) A man who can describe any setting.
(b) A man who can feel and interpret everything that is happening in any single moment.
(c) A man he wishes to be.
(d) A man of simple words.

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

8. Why does Max endear himself to the dogs?
(a) So they do not raise the alarm when he comes back from his late night trysts.
(b) He would like to own a kennel of his own some day.
(c) He is initially afraid of them, so he gives them treats, so they will stay calm.
(d) He loves dogs.

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

10. What does the headstrong Yuri in later life introduce to Nabokov?
(a) The French language.
(b) Poetry.
(c) Butterflies.
(d) The Wild West fiction of Captain Mayne Reid.

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

12. How does Sergei save the brothers from the Bolsheviks on the train?
(a) He holds them out a window.
(b) He convinces them he has typhus and that is why they are traveling alone in a locked compartment.
(c) He convinces the Bolsheviks that he has leprosy.
(d) He shoots at the Bolsheviks.

13. Other than his wife, what does Nabokov claim about his good friends?
(a) They are artists and writers, like himself.
(b) To have made no more than two good friends over a span of twenty years.
(c) He has many.
(d) They are all writers.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What makes becoming a Russian novelist an uphill battle for Nabokov at Cambridge?

2. What country does the family travel through on their way to London?

3. What types of tutors does Nabokov's father seem to intentionally choose?

4. When does Nabokov begin to write poetry?

5. What is publication like outside of Russia?

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