Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited Test | Final Test - Hard

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Vladimir study at St. Petersburg University?

2. On what does the rest of the family live?

3. Vladimir is raised by his own share of governesses and tutors but where does he go at the age of 13?

4. What is Vladimir elected to, which the Tsar dissolves?

5. What does Sergey do during WWII?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

With what is Nabokov fascinated, in fact, obsessed? Give examples from the text to support your response. How do the members of his household encourage this obsession?

Essay Topic 2

Nabokov matures throughout this book.

Part 1) What evidence is there from the text that Nabokov is changing physically and emotionally?

Part 2) How does his father handle Nabokov's intimate questions, regarding changes in his body?

Part 3) Describe his relationships with girls. How do these relationships change as he grows up?

Essay Topic 3

What surprises Nabokov when he encounters his former nanny, "Mademoiselle," years later? What are two possible reasons for his confusion?

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