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. How many children do the Nabokovs eventually have?

2. Why is Lenski working as a tutor?

3. What does she tell him when he is finished reciting the poem?

4. When does Nabokov begin to write poetry?

5. How does Sergei save the brothers from the Bolsheviks on the train?

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 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 3

Lenski is one of the more significant tutors in Nabokov's teen years?

Part 1) What is Nobakov's opinion of Lenski?

Part 2) What does Lenski try to give both the boys and their father?

Part 3) How do the boys react to their education from Lenski? How might this information be useful to them in later years?

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