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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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 recites it to his nanny.
(c) He decides to recite the work to his mother.
(d) He recites it to his grandmother.

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

4. In 1914, a sixteen-year-old Yuri visits the Nabokovs,and what does he produce?
(a) A girlfriend.
(b) A book for Nabokov.
(c) A cigarette case.
(d) A new invention.

5. How does she respond to his poem?
(a) She sits patiently and then asks a lot of questions.
(b) She is hardly paying attention to the poem.
(c) She sits listening with tears in her eyes.
(d) She does not think it is very good.

6. How does Lett punish the boys?
(a) By forcing them to spar with him in the boxing ring.
(b) By giving them chores to do.
(c) By telling their parents.
(d) By having them sit facing a corner.

7. What does the revolution do to most of the Russian writers and artists?
(a) Gives them subjects for their work.
(b) Hires them to write about the revolution.
(c) Sends them into exile.
(d) Increases their fame.

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

9. Why does the relationship fizzle out?
(a) Nabokov's father finds out.
(b) Tamara is tired of him.
(c) Tamara moves back to St. Petersburg and gets a job.
(d) They no longer have anything in common.

10. While he is writing a poem, to what is he prone?
(a) To sing to himself.
(b) Long lapses of attention to the world around him.
(c) To wander aimlessly through the forest.
(d) To bounce ideas off his mother.

11. What is Nabokov called in exile?
(a) An immigrant.
(b) A dirty Russian.
(c) A ymigry.
(d) A white Russian.

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

13. What country does the family travel through on their way to London?
(a) France.
(b) Italy.
(c) Belgium.
(d) Greece.

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

15. In 1904, who does Nabokov remember meeting for the first time?
(a) His sister.
(b) His uncle.
(c) His cousin.
(d) His youngest brother.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is one thing he recalls suddenly becoming aware of while creating a poem?

2. Vladimir is raised by his own share of governesses and tutors but where does he go at the age of 13?

3. During this time, of what does Nabokov seem incapable?

4. How is Nabokov's life at Cambridge, compared to his former existence?

5. How does Nabokov's father die?

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