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

2. Why, when Nabokov is a child, is he terrified of the dark?
(a) He thinks burglars will come into his room.
(b) He is afraid his home will catch on fire.
(c) He is afraid of monsters under his bed.
(d) He seems to lose himself in the pitch black.

3. What does Nabokov learn to read and write before Russian or French?
(a) Swedish.
(b) Dutch.
(c) German.
(d) English.

4. With what is the aristocratic Nabokov house stocked?
(a) English and French amenities.
(b) German beer.
(c) French literature.
(d) Russian antiques.

5. Though many doubt this ailment, What happens to Ivanovich?
(a) He dies of a heart ailment.
(b) He slips a disc.
(c) He ends up with scoliosis.
(d) He dies from lung cancer.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. During one such trip in the summer of 1909, who does young Nabokov meet?

3. What does this hobby do to him?

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

5. With what is young Vladimir obsessed?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Nabokov have trouble sleeping?

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

3. What is cause is Vladimir's passion?

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

5. Describe Nabokov's encounters with his cousin, Yuri.

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

7. What does Max do, regarding the watchdogs?

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

9. Who are the tutors hired to educate the Nabokov children?

10. How does Nabokov begin this final chapter?

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