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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is their mother's reaction when she sees that her children have opened the presents from their stockings early and poorly rewrapped them?
(a) She pretends to not see their poor rewrapping.
(b) She laughs at their attempt at deception.
(c) She spots their deception and bursts into tears.
(d) She scolds them for trying to deceive her.

2. To what simple rule does Nabokov's mother ascribe?
(a) Follow the Golden Rule.
(b) Love your neighbors as yourself.
(c) Love with all your soul and leave the rest to fate.
(d) Be honest and things will go your way.

3. What is the process by which Vladimir Nabokov writes "Speak, Memory?"
(a) The autobiographical novel is culled from stories told to him by family members.
(b) The autobiographical novel is culled from Russian history books.
(c) The autobiographical novel is culled from essays written by the author's son.
(d) The autobiographical novel is culled from essays on his life.

4. From where does Mademoiselle come?
(a) France.
(b) Switzerland.
(c) Denmark.
(d) Africa.

5. Why does little Vladimir close his eyes at the bottom of each stairway?
(a) His nanny is coaxing him up the stairs.
(b) He and his brother are playing hide and seek.
(c) His father is taking him to bed.
(d) He and his mother are playing a game on the way to the children's sleeping rooms.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is memorable about this first memory?

2. Each day, when he awakes, how can young Vladimir tell what kind of day it is?

3. Why does Young Vladimir favor the new methods of studying butterflies?

4. To what does Nabokov compare existence?

5. What does Nabokov reveal about his mind?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Nabokov experience in Crimea?

2. Where do they head to from Paris? What do they do when they get there?

3. Why is Nabokov angry with the Bolsheviks? What is the cause of this anger?

4. How does Nabokov's autobiography begin?

5. What is wrong about the books that young Vladimir finds in the attic?

6. What does the Russian revolution do to most of Russia's writers and artists?

7. When does Nabokov begin to write poetry?

8. What evidence from the text shows that Nabokov is beginning to have an interest in girls?

9. Vladimir and his brother, Sergey, go through a series of nurses and governesses. Describe some of his memories of these women.

10. The local schoolmaster is brought in to give the children a crash course in the Russian language. What takes place at a meeting between the father, son, and schoolmaster?

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