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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. How does Mademoiselle provide Vladimir with an extra hour or two out of the darkness?
(a) The light from her lamp gives a little light to his room.
(b) She allows him to fall asleep in her room.
(c) He sits with him while he falls asleep.
(d) She leaves a candle lit by his bed.

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

3. It is unusual for aristocrats in Russian to be hanged, and as a child, what does Nabokov call the trail through the woods on the estate where a previous owner had been hanged?
(a) The "Path of the Hanged."
(b) The "Hanging Rope."
(c) The "Road to a Hanging."
(d) The "walk of the Hanged One."

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

5. Where do the children bathe?
(a) Russian baths.
(b) French bathing tubs.
(c) The creek on the estate.
(d) English portable tubs.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Nabokov's mother often wander the estate's forest?

2. What is the process by which Vladimir Nabokov writes "Speak, Memory?"

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

4. After his retirement, from what does Dimitri Nabokov begin to suffer?

5. What does the butterfly net in particular always invite?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does young Nabokov react to rumor that his father has challenged someone to a duel?

3. What is happening in the science of butterflies?

4. 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?

5. He also had several art instructors. Who are they and what does he learn from them?

6. What does he learn about himself, regarding Russian poets?

7. What are Vladimir and Colette caught doing?

8. Nabokov is surprised to learn of what happens to several of his art teachers in the future. Why?

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

10. How does his butterfly hobby affect his life?

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