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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. Of what are Nabokov's memories in a Russian setting?
(a) A quite English childhood.
(b) A quite German childhood.
(c) A quite French childhood.
(d) A quite Russian childhood.
2. To whom does Nabokov feel the strongest bond of kinship?
(a) His father's maternal grandfather, Nikolay Illarionovich Kozlov.
(b) His mother's maternal grandfather, Nikolay Illarionovich Kozlov.
(c) His father's paternal grandfather, Nikolay Illarionovich Kozlov.
(d) His mother's paternal grandfather, Nikolay Illarionovich Kozlov.
3. What is one of his other memories?
(a) Getting lost in the estate's vast forest.
(b) Playing tag with his younger brother.
(c) A dark tunnel through which he crawls, behind a divan in his parent's home.
(d) Getting his foot stuck in the crib.
4. Who is referred to simply as "Mademoiselle?"
(a) The tutor.
(b) His aunt.
(c) The governess.
(d) His sister.
5. What is happening to the science of butterflies at this time?
(a) They have not found any new species.
(b) There is a great unheaval.
(c) It has not changed for decades.
(d) The Germans have made leaps and bounds in discoveries.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Nabokov's mother do on the trip to Paris?
2. Who are Miss Norcott and Miss Hunt?
3. What does this hobby do to him?
4. Why is he detained briefly in 1918, by a Bolshevik soldier?
5. What is memorable about this first memory?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who is Tamara?
2. How does Nabokov begin this final chapter?
3. What evidence is there showing that Nabokov and Tamara's relationship is not as innocent as his parents may think it is.
4. What is cause is Vladimir's passion?
5. The aristocratic Nabokov house is stocked with English and French amenities. What are some of the amenities?
6. What does Nabokov experience in Crimea?
7. How does Nabokov describe the final years in Europe?
8. What does he learn about himself, regarding Russian poets?
9. How does young Nabokov react to rumor that his father has challenged someone to a duel?
10. Describe Nabokov's encounters with his cousin, Yuri.
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