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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Vladimir is raised by his own share of governesses and tutors but where does he go at the age of 13?
(a) The Gymnasium.
(b) St. Petersburg Academy.
(c) Berkshire Boys Academy.
(d) Poly Preparatory.

3. Why does Nabokov have secret spots?
(a) He and Tamara find the secret spots.
(b) He finds them while writing poetry.
(c) He and his brother play in the secret spots.
(d) He has found them in pursuit of butterflies.

4. What happens, when winter comes, to their love affair?
(a) It has to endure a life of closer scrutiny.
(b) It ends.
(c) It comes out in the open.
(d) It fades to nothing.

5. What does he describe with obvious revelry?
(a) The feeling of power and excertion in playing a game of lawn tennis with family and friends.
(b) The feeling of isolation and contentment when writing a work of poetry.
(c) The feeling of selfless isolation that such prolonged expenditures of concentration engenders.
(d) The feeling of freedom in hunting and capturing a new species of butterfly.

6. How would Nabokov spend hours?
(a) Playing lawn tennis.
(b) With a chess board in front of him.
(c) Chasing butterflies.
(d) Writing poetry.

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

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

9. Who is he surprised to see on stage as "The Gala Girls?"
(a) Girls from the local village.
(b) His mother and his sisters.
(c) Colette and her friends.
(d) The American girls from the skating rink.

10. In 1910, what do the Nabokov brothers acquire?
(a) Teeth braces.
(b) A new nanny.
(c) A dog.
(d) A new estate.

11. Why is the relationship between Kirill, the younger brother, and Nabokov more like that of distant friends?
(a) They do not get along.
(b) Due to the large gap in their ages.
(c) Due to Kirill being given up for adoption.
(d) They have such different personalities.

12. What does Sergey do during WWII?
(a) He is employed as a translator in Berlin.
(b) He emigrates to the United States and joins the Army.
(c) He builds weaponry.
(d) He is an SS soldier.

13. Why do they hire the village schoolmaster, though he is not technically one of the family's regular tutors?
(a) To give them writing lessons.
(b) To give them a crash course in the Russian language.
(c) To give them mathematics lessons.
(d) To give them French lessons.

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

15. What types of tutors does Nabokov's father seem to intentionally choose?
(a) Tutors with a background in Russian literature.
(b) Tutors with widely varying backgrounds and subjects of expertise.
(c) Those who attend college at Cambridge.
(d) Those with experience working with aristocrat's children.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Vladimir do before hurrying young Nabokov along to school?

2. How does Nabokov's father die?

3. What intrigues the young Nabokov about the novel?

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

5. What does young Nabokov's status as a child of the intelligentsia often do to him?

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