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Ada, or Ardor
"First published in 1969, "Ada, or Ardor" got mixed reviews - readers either loved or hated it. Since then, it has quietly gained a reputation as one of Nabokov's best works, a truly epic achievement. If you've read 'Ada,' test your memory with this quiz!"
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'Ada, or Ardor' opens with the following: 'All happy families are more or less dissimilar; all unhappy ones are more or less alike,' says a great Russian writer in the beginning of a famous novel...' What is this famous novel being alluded to at the beginning of 'Ada'?
'Fathers and Sons,' by Turgenev
'Anna Karenina,' by Tolstoy
'Crime and Punishment,' by Dostoevsky
'Eugene Onegin,' by Pushkin
What is the name of the family estate that provides the setting for the early love affair between Ada and Van?
The character Lucette is a dogged pursuer of Ada and Van, spying on them during their romantic interludes. How does Lucette meet her tragic death?
She shoots herself
She dies of 'acute hystomania.'
She is murdered in a fit of rage by Van
She drowns herself
What is the title of Van's treatise on the nature of time, expounded in Part IV?
The Texture of Time
The River Runs Straight
Spirals in the Sand
The treatise on time written by Van is published after his death. Which character sees the manuscript through to publication?
Which of the following best describes the relationship between Ada and Van?
They are siblings by blood and cousins by marriage
They are mother and son
They are cousins
They are father and daughter
Tough one: in 'Ada,' people use a device called a 'sonorola.' By what name do we call this device in real life?
In 'Ada,' Earth's history is reflected in a corrupted form. For example, Russians in 'Ada' have been driven to North America by invading Tartars, occupying what we know in real life as Canada, under the territorial protection of the United States. By what name is this North American-Russian homeland known in the novel?
In Part V, Ada and Van live in this country - the same country in which Nabokov spent his last years. What country is it?
The United States
Lastly, an easy one: Ada and Van share the same last name. What is it?
(a Dutch-sounding name.)
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