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

2. In exile in America, when a ranger or marshal spots him traipsing into the backwoods, net in hand, what is he asked?
(a) If he has a fishing license.
(b) What he is doing in the woods.
(c) Where his guide is.
(d) What the net is for.

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

4. What does Nabokov investigate about his family?
(a) Their relationship to the tsar.
(b) The family's coat of arms.
(c) Their country of origin.
(d) Their religion.

5. What is the process by which Vladimir Nabokov writes "Speak, Memory?"
(a) The autobiographical novel is culled from essays written by the author's son.
(b) The autobiographical novel is culled from essays on his life.
(c) The autobiographical novel is culled from stories told to him by family members.
(d) The autobiographical novel is culled from Russian history books.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why, when Nabokov is a child, is he terrified of the dark?

2. What has Nabokov always had difficulty doing?

3. Why does Vasiliy insist upon lying supine on the floor?

4. Who occupies one of the estates near St. Petersburg when not abroad?

5. What does Nabokov call the process of using both the English and Russian translations of "Speak, Memory" to shape the current work?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Kirill?

3. What are Vladimir and Colette caught doing?

4. Why does Mademoiselle want to leave the family?

5. Explain the process used to create this book.

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

7. What is happening in the science of butterflies?

8. What is known about the chapters prior to the writing of this book?

9. What evidence from the text shows that Nabokov is beginning to have an interest in girls?

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

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