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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. Who are Miss Norcott and Miss Hunt?
(a) Two of Vladimir's governesses.
(b) Two of Vladimir's girlfriends.
(c) Two of Vladimir's tutors.
(d) Two of Vladimir's aunts.

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

3. What does the rain cause to grow on the estate?
(a) Hibiscus.
(b) Geraniums.
(c) Grass.
(d) Mushrooms.

4. To what does Nabokov compare existence?
(a) The sands in an hourglass.
(b) The seconds on a clock.
(c) A rollercoaster ride.
(d) A cradle rocking on the edge of an abyss.

5. What is young Vladimir's main concern?
(a) Whether or not he will be able to go horseback riding.
(b) Whether or not he can play with his friends down the road.
(c) Whether or not he can play in the forest.
(d) Whether or not he will be able to go hunting for new and rare butterflies.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Where does Nabokov's family live until his father's death in 1922?

3. Each day, when he awakes, how can young Vladimir tell what kind of day it is?

4. Who is referred to simply as "Mademoiselle?"

5. What is Nabokov's favorite medium?

Short Essay Questions

1. In 1910, the Nabokov brothers acquire teeth braces. How does their father reward them for dealing with the dental sessions?

2. How is Nabokov's experience at Cambridge?

3. Who is Tamara?

4. What does Nabokov experience in Crimea?

5. What happens to the Greek tutor, Ordo?

6. What happens after the revolution to Nabokov's family?

7. How are the Nabokov's affected by their son? What do we learn about Dmitri, as he grows?

8. How does Nabokov spend hours of his time during this period of his life?

9. Why does Nabokov have trouble sleeping?

10. Why does Mademoiselle want to leave the family?

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