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 fills Nabokov with surprise, while roller-skating?

2. Other than his wife, what does Nabokov claim about his good friends?

3. What happens, when winter comes, to their love affair?

4. What does he describe with obvious revelry?

5. What is the subject of this chapter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

The second chapter focuses on Nabokov's mother.

Part 1) Describe Nabokov's mother.

Part 2) Compare Nabokov and his mother.

Part 3) What is Nabokov's relationship like with his mother?

Essay Topic 3

Nabokov lives a bourgeois, aristocratic life.

Part 1) What evidence from the text suggests this?

Part 2) When and why does this lifestyle end?

Part 3) How does Nabokov handle this change in lifestyle?

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