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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. The boredom of the audience at these poetry performances is obvious to everyone but whom?
(a) Lenski.
(b) Max.
(c) Dmitri.
(d) Nabokov.

3. Who rents a modest summer cottage called a dachka?
(a) Colette parents.
(b) Tamara's parents.
(c) The Nabokov family.
(d) Nabokov's uncle.

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

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

6. What is a crippling experience for him?
(a) Speaking English.
(b) Writing poetry in Russian.
(c) Falling off a horse.
(d) Contracting polio.

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

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

9. At what does Nabokov hint about Sergey?
(a) His desire to join the military.
(b) His interest in a girl.
(c) His wish to emigrate to America.
(d) His possible homosexuality.

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

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

12. What tutor looks like the French actor Max Linder?
(a) A polish medical student.
(b) A Greek spelling teacher.
(c) A graduate student.
(d) A Russian literature tutor.

13. How does Nabokov's father die?
(a) He commits suicide in Paris.
(b) He is assassinated in Berlin.
(c) He has a heart attack in Paris.
(d) He has a stroke in Berlin.

14. What is Lenski's idea for the use of Magic-Lantern Projections?
(a) To create special effects on the wall.
(b) To play in the light from the lanterns.
(c) To create shadow puppets.
(d) To illustrate petic works with the use of slides.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is publication like outside of Russia?

2. Other than his wife, what does Nabokov claim about his good friends?

3. What is the purpose of the Constituent Assembly?

4. When does Nabokov begin to write poetry?

5. To where do the boys win scholarships?

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