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The Nose

The Nose


by Nikolai Gogol

The Nose: Then and Now Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around The Nose? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. How does Kovalev change from the beginning of the story to the end?

He doesn't.
He ages ten years.
He becomes a State Councilor.
He learns the meaning of Christmas.
Q. What happens the next time the nose escapes from his face?

The nose discovers its fatal weakness: kryptonite.
The nose becomes a duke and gets engaged to a countess.
Nothing—it never happens again.
Kovalev shrugs and decides to live nose-less.
Q. Who ends up in a different position at the end of the story?

The narrator
Mademoiselle Podtochina
The barber
The newspaper ad clerk
Q. How does the Nose change?

It becomes a real boy.
It finds true love.
Its zit is gone.
It fits much better on Kovalev's face.
Q. What's the timeframe of the story?

One night
Two weeks
Six months
Two years