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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. Why is Nabokov disappointed to hear that one of his tutors marries a peasant girl?
(a) He thinks he should have married someone in a higher social class.
(b) He thinks of his tutors as people devoted to their art or profession.
(c) He thinks he should have married his aunt.
(d) He thinks he should have married one of his sisters.

2. During one such trip in the summer of 1909, who does young Nabokov meet?
(a) A young Spanish girl, named Clara.
(b) A young German girl, named Brigitte.
(c) A young French girl, named Colette.
(d) A young British girl, named Beth.

3. Why does Nabokov's mother often wander the estate's forest?
(a) It helps clear her mind.
(b) She becomes lost easily.
(c) To search for mushrooms.
(d) She loves the estate property.

4. Mademoiselle threatens several times to leave. Why does she end up staying?
(a) Nabokov's mother threatens her.
(b) Nabokov's mother gives her a raise.
(c) Nabokov's mother talks her into staying
(d) Nabokov's mother gives her gifts.

5. Soon, the string of nurses transforms into what?
(a) A string of doctors.
(b) A string of governesses.
(c) A string of teachers.
(d) A string of surgeons.

Short Answer Questions

1. This chapter is the first recorded work, published in French in 1936, under the name "Mademoiselle O."

2. The rest of the chapters are published separately, mainly by whom?

3. What is the common name for Boletusoften?

4. In any of the memories he has from before his obsession began, Nabokov cannot recall the presence of butterflies. What can he recall afterward?

5. Of what are Nabokov's memories in a Russian setting?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens after the revolution to Nabokov's family?

2. Describe Nabokov's brother, Sergey.

3. Nabokov's uncle, Vasiliy Ivanovich, is a diplomat and a dreamer, who occupies one of the estates near St. Petersburg when not abroad. What story does Nabokov recall about his uncle?

4. What happens to the family once they leave Russia?

5. How does Nabokov describe the final years in Europe?

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

7. How does Nabokov meet Mademoiselle after she leaves Russia?

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

9. What is Nabokov's life like after leaving Cambridge?

10. What is cause is Vladimir's passion?

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