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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. Soon, the string of nurses transforms into what?

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

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

4. Why does Nabokov's father force the family to leave a sidewalk cafe?

5. Where does Nabokov's mother trick Dimitri into believing he is still?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is happening in the science of butterflies?

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

3. What schooling does Nabokov's father receive?

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

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

6. What is Nabokov's favorite Captain Mayne Reid novel? Why?

7. Why does Mademoiselle want to leave the family?

8. How does Nabokov's autobiography begin?

9. Describe Nabokov's brother, Sergey.

10. When does Nabokov begin to write poetry?

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

Nabokov speaks mainly of his brother and himself as experiencing a liberal education, even though Nabokov has two sisters.

Part 1) Why are they rarely mentioned?

Part 2) What training would be important for a girl in this society?

Part 3) What is the role of women at this time?

Essay Topic 3

How does the Nabokov family's lifestyle before exile contradict with the father's philosophy? Why might there be this discrepancy? What do you think is the opinion of the father about his family's lifestyle in Western Europe? Use information from the text to support your response.

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