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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. How does Mademoiselle provide Vladimir with an extra hour or two out of the darkness?
2. What does this thriving upper-class tourist industry offer?
3. When does Nabokov eventually discover a new species?
4. In any of the memories he has from before his obsession began, Nabokov cannot recall the presence of butterflies. What can he recall afterward?
5. What does Nabokov investigate about his family?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does his butterfly hobby affect his life?
2. Nabokov's uncle, Vasiliy Ivanovich, is a diplomat and a dreamer, who occupies one of the estates near St. Petersburg when not abroad. What story does Nabokov recall about his uncle?
3. Explain the process used to create this book.
4. Describe Nabokov's encounters with his cousin, Yuri.
5. The aristocratic Nabokov house is stocked with English and French amenities. What are some of the amenities?
6. How do the Nabokovs travel from St. Petersburg to Paris?
7. What does young Vladimir think about when he wakes in the morning?
8. Nabokov reveals that his mind always associates sounds with colors. How does his mother react to this unusual sensibility?
9. What happens to the Greek tutor, Ordo?
10. How are the Nabokov's affected by their son? What do we learn about Dmitri, as he grows?
Essay Topic 1
What is significant about Nabokov's time spent in Biarritz? What does one learn about his character and view of women?
Essay Topic 2
Nabokov seems to have a close relationship with his father.
Part 1) Describe their relationship.
Part 2) Compare and contrast Nabokov's relationship with his father and his relationship with his mother.
Part 3) What are possible reasons for the differences in the two relationships?
Essay Topic 3
There is a great gulf between classes in early-twentieth century Russia.
Part 1) What evidence from the text proves this statement.
Part 2) How does this separation of classes affect Russia?
Part 3) How might Nabokov's experiences have changed once he emigrates to Western Europe, and finally to the United States? How mighthe feel about these changes?
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