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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. The rest of the chapters are published separately, mainly by whom?

2. How do the aristocrats confront the ocean waves?

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

4. During one such trip in the summer of 1909, who does young Nabokov meet?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Kirill?

2. Why is the couple allowed to be on their own.

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

4. He also had several art instructors. Who are they and what does he learn from them?

5. How does his butterfly hobby affect his life?

6. What is happening in the science of butterflies?

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

8. What evidence is there showing that Nabokov and Tamara's relationship is not as innocent as his parents may think it is.

9. Nabokov reveals that his mind always associates sounds with colors. How does his mother react to this unusual sensibility?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Nabokov gives a brief history of his maternal and paternal ancestors.

Part 1) Describe his paternal and maternal ancestors.

Part 2) Compare and contrast these ancestors.

Part 3) What can one learn about Nabokov from this information?

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

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?

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