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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Though many doubt this ailment, What happens to Ivanovich?

2. When does Nabokov eventually discover a new species?

3. When does Nabokov see Mademoiselle again after she is no longer in their household?

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

5. What is the common name for Boletusoften?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Nabokov's experience at Cambridge?

2. How does young Nabokov react to rumor that his father has challenged someone to a duel?

3. What is cause is Vladimir's passion?

4. How does his butterfly hobby affect his life?

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

6. Why does Nabokov have trouble sleeping?

7. What are Vladimir and Colette caught doing?

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

9. The aristocratic Nabokov house is stocked with English and French amenities. What are some of the amenities?

10. What does Nabokov experience in Crimea?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

This autobiographical work ends with the family leaving on a boat for the United States.

Part 1) What might be the reason they decide to immigrate to the United States?

Part 2) What struggles might the family encounter? Why?

Part 3) Will Nabokov be successful in the United States? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Part of this autobiography observes the beginnings of Nabokov's literary talents.

Part 1) How do we first catch a glimpse of his talent as a writer?

Part 2) What is his process for creating his writing, at this stage in his life?

Part 3) How might the encouragement he receives from his family affect his writing career later in life?

Essay Topic 3

Nabokov and his brother go through a series of nannies, governesses, and tutors.

Part 1) Choose four of these individuals. Describe them, and explain how the children benefit from their services.

Part 2) How does Nabokov, similar to many children, treat the nannies, governesses, and tutors?

Part 3) How does Nabokov's relationship with these individuals reveal his opinion of hired help and those in lower social classes?

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