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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. With what is young Vladimir obsessed?
(a) The science of butterflies and the thrill of the hunt.
(b) Playing the piano with his father.
(c) Poetry.
(d) Hunting wild animals on his family's estate.

2. What properties do the Nabokovs own until the Russian revolution?
(a) A large estate in St. Petersburg.
(b) A large estate in Moscow.
(c) Several summer cottages on the Baltic Sea.
(d) Several large estates south of St. Petersburg.

3. How does Mr. Cummings influence Nabokov's scientific drawings of butterflies?
(a) He is Nabokov's science instructor.
(b) He is Nabokov's drawing instructor.
(c) He is Nabokov's butterfly instructor.
(d) He is Nabokov's botanist.

4. What does Nabokov investigate about his family?
(a) Their relationship to the tsar.
(b) Their country of origin.
(c) Their religion.
(d) The family's coat of arms.

5. What does the butterfly net in particular always invite?
(a) Intriguing discussions.
(b) Awkward comments.
(c) Curious visitors.
(d) Exciting questions.

Short Answer Questions

1. How long does the family stay in Paris?

2. Mademoiselle threatens several times to leave. Why does she end up staying?

3. What does Young Vladimir discover in the family's attic?

4. Who accompanies Vladimir and his companion on the beach?

5. For whom is young Vladimir mistaken?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Mademoiselle want to leave the family?

2. How is Nabokov's experience at Cambridge?

3. Describe Nabokov's brother, Sergey.

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

5. How does his butterfly hobby affect his life?

6. What is cause is Vladimir's passion?

7. What jobs does Nabokov's father hold throughout his career?

8. What is happening in the science of butterflies?

9. Describe Nabokov's ancestors.

10. Why is the couple allowed to be on their own.

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