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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. After his retirement, from what does Dimitri Nabokov begin to suffer?
(a) Dementia.
(b) Heart disease.
(c) Arthritis.
(d) Emphysema.

2. What does this thriving upper-class tourist industry offer?
(a) Gambling, live theatre, and music.
(b) Live performances, pubs and restaurants, and bicycles to rent.
(c) Vendors lining the beach and even servants in the change huts to assist in the removal of bathing suits.
(d) Expensive restaurants, street vendors, and swimming lessons.

3. To whom is Chapter Five devoted?
(a) Nabokov's wife.
(b) Nabokov's mother.
(c) Nabokov's father.
(d) Nabokov's governess.

4. The rest of the chapters are published separately, mainly by whom?
(a) The New Yorker.
(b) The New York Times.
(c) The St. Petersburg Publishing House.
(d) The Chicago Tribune.

5. How does the family spend their time in this town?
(a) Shopping.
(b) On a boat.
(c) Mountain climbing.
(d) On the beach.

Short Answer Questions

1. After his father's death, to where does Nabokov's widowed mother move?

2. Soon, the string of nurses transforms into what?

3. What does the rain cause to grow on the estate?

4. What is the common name for Boletusoften?

5. What is happening to the science of butterflies at this time?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the Nabokovs travel from St. Petersburg to Paris?

2. What evidence does the chapter give of Nabokov's bourgeois, aristocratic life?

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

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

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

6. Why might be the reason for the Nabokov's leaving Europe?

7. Vladimir and his brother, Sergey, go through a series of nurses and governesses. Describe some of his memories of these women.

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

9. How is Nabokov's experience at Cambridge?

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

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