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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why have Luzhin's parents put off telling him that they've enrolled him in a school?
(a) They're afraid he'll run away.
(b) They are worried the school will cancel at the last minute.
(c) They're afraid he'll throw a tantrum.
(d) They don't think he'll understand the idea.

2. What excuse does Luzhin give the first day he skips school?
(a) Family circumstances.
(b) That he was sick.
(c) That he twisted his ankle.
(d) That his grandmother died.

3. How does Luzhin's future wife perceive him when she first meets him?
(a) As an uncouth, unworthy slob.
(b) As an eccentric artist.
(c) As a sad, suffering romantic.
(d) As a bitter, unkind old man.

4. What does Luzhin like most at his birthday party?
(a) The guests.
(b) The magician.
(c) The cake.
(d) The presents.

5. What is Luzhin's problem in school?
(a) Social interaction.
(b) Understanding lessons.
(c) Playing too much.
(d) Math.

6. Who has been educating Luzhin at home, before his enrollment in school?
(a) His father.
(b) A governess.
(c) His mother.
(d) No one.

7. What nickname do the other boys call Luzhin?
(a) Morris.
(b) Tony.
(c) Lucky.
(d) Clutz.

8. Where does Luzhin find himself, as he tries to walk toward where he wants to go?
(a) In a train station.
(b) In a dark alley.
(c) In a wooded park.
(d) In an empty marketplace.

9. Who begins to teach Luzhin chess?
(a) His aunt.
(b) His tutor.
(c) His father.
(d) His mother.

10. How does the woman Luzhin meets in Germany (his future wife) think of his father?
(a) She thinks he must have been kind, earnest, and fond of Luzhin.
(b) She thinks he must have been sad, angry, and bitter toward Luzhin.
(c) She thinks he must have been naive, slow, and uncomprehending toward Luzhin.
(d) She thinks he must have been selfish, ignorant, and jealous of Luzhin.

11. What business does Valentinov go into after leaving Luzhin?
(a) The music business.
(b) The theater.
(c) The movie business.
(d) The art business.

12. What is Luzhin's father's profession?
(a) Writer.
(b) Artist.
(c) Merchant.
(d) Doctor.

13. What is Luzhin's response to his father, when his father comes to visit him at school?
(a) Luzhin cries and yells at his father.
(b) Luzhin shows little interest in his father.
(c) Luzhin is happy and wants his father to stay.
(d) Luzhin talks a mile a minute to his father.

14. How are Luzhin's grades at school?
(a) Low.
(b) High.
(c) Luzhin is given incompletes for not finishing his work.
(d) Perfect.

15. How does Luzhin treat the guests at his birthday?
(a) He is happy and talks to them constantly.
(b) He makes rude comments to them.
(c) He is polite to them but secretly hates them.
(d) He ignores them.

Short Answer Questions

1. What habit of Luzhin's particularly annoys his future wife's mother?

2. What does Luzhin do when he goes up to his room after he's met his future wife's mother?

3. Where does Luzhin hide during the party?

4. How does Luzhin think fellow students feel about him?

5. What does Luzhin's future wife hear that he does in his room late at night?

(see the answer keys)

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