What Makes a Good Reader of Literature?

In his collectedÿLectures on Literature,ÿthe American writer Vladimir Nabokov (author of the controversial novelÿLolita), we find a ?little quiz? he devised for his students to test their thinking about what makes a ?good reader.?ÿTake his good reader quiz, below, and see if you can identify the four qualities Nabokov required from his students of literature.Select four answers to the question what should a reader be to be a good reader:1. The reader should belong to a book club.2. The reader should identify himself or herself with the hero or heroine.3. The reader should concentrate on the social-economic angle.4. The reader should prefer a story with action and dialogue to one with none.5. The reader should have seen the book in a movie.6. The reader should be a budding author.7. The reader should have imagination.8. The reader should have memory.9. The reader should have a dictionary.10. The reader should have some artistic sense.Justify each answer by briefly explaining why you consider that to be an important quality. Add ?because? to the end of that answer and complete the sentence. Then illustrate 2 of your answers by describing how those particular qualities helped you understand, experience, or connect with one of the short-stories from this unit.ÿBrass TacksCompose one substantive, well-written paragraph (200+ words) that incorporates textual evidence (words, phrases, etc.) that are properly cited (page numbers in parentheses at end of sentence, before the period).Students who respond to their peers? questions and observations should aim for 100-200 words and incorporate some form of textual evidence (either from other students? posts or from the course texts).ÿSee the DISCUSS grading rubric in the syllabus for guidance.Remember to use present tense when discussing literary texts or arguments.