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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Though he is an excellent teacher to the Nabokov boys, what does Lenski find difficult?
(a) Making his lessons interesting.
(b) Teaching the boys mathematics.
(c) Teaching the boys to be well-behaved.
(d) His own studies.

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

3. During this time, of what does Nabokov seem incapable?
(a) Failing as a writer.
(b) A solid connection to any of the societies around him.
(c) Having too many friends.
(d) Of getting married.

4. What does Vladimir continue to do while in exile in Berlin?
(a) Write about human rights.
(b) Take his family to France for the summers.
(c) Own property in Russia.
(d) Work for the Russian government.

5. When does Nabokov begin to write poetry?
(a) Around 1924.
(b) Around 1914.
(c) Around 1934.
(d) Around 1904.

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

7. Who does Nabokov meet at the age of sixteen?
(a) A young girl named Tamara.
(b) His cousin, Yuri.
(c) His youngest brother.
(d) A young girl named Colette.

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

9. 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.

10. Nabokov develops a fondness for what?
(a) Butterflies.
(b) Poetry.
(c) Lawn tennis.
(d) Composing chess problems.

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

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

13. 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 different fathers.
(c) They have different tutors.
(d) They have disparate interests.

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

15. What is the subject of this chapter?
(a) Nabokov's tutor, Vladimir Dmitrievich Nabokov.
(b) Nabokov's uncle, Vladimir Dmitrievich Nabokov.
(c) Nabokov's brother, Vladimir Dmitrievich Nabokov.
(d) Nabokov's father, Vladimir Dmitrievich Nabokov.

Short Answer Questions

1. What intrigues the young Nabokov about the novel?

2. How does she respond to his poem?

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

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

5. Why is Lenski working as a tutor?

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