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A Gentleman in Moscow

Amor Towles


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Question #1

Where does the story take place?

  1. Russia

  2. France

  3. United States

  4. Romania



A Gentleman in Moscow takes place in Russia in the early 20th century. During this time, Russia was changing to a Communist government after the Bolsheviks seized control of the country following the October Revolution of 1917. Royals and aristocrats were under attack after the October Revolution. Many royals and aristocrats were put to death or sentenced to hard labor. Their fate was entirely in the hands of the Bolsheviks. Their lives may have been spared, if they showed allegiance to the revolution, as in the case of Alexander Rostov.

Question #2

What is Alexander Rostov's title?

  1. Tsar

  2. Prince

  3. Duke

  4. Count



Alexander Rostov holds the title of Count in Russia. Count Rostov grew up in the Nizhny Novgorod region of Russia. He eventually moved to Moscow where he lived in the Metropol Hotel. Because the Bolsheviks were overthrowing the aristocracy, Count Rostov was on house arrest because he was an aristocrat. He was saved from being sentenced to hard labor or execution because of a poem he took credit for that made it seem as though he was pro-revolution.

Question #3

Where does Count Rostov live while under house arrest?

  1. In his hotel suite where he has lived for years

  2. In the hotel's attic space

  3. In the hotel's basement

  4. He was not allowed to remain in the hotel and had to go to a special house to serve his time


In the hotel's attic space

As a member of the aristocrats, Count Rostov was sentenced to house arrest by the Bolsheviks. Count Rostov has lived in a suite in the Metropol Hotel in Moscow for many years. When he is sentenced to house arrest, he is made to move out of his suit and into the hotel's attic space. The author, Amor Towles, was inspired to write about the Count when he stayed in a hotel in Geneva. He had stayed in that hotel several times before, and he noticed people he had seen before. After realizing they lived in the hotel, Towles thought it would make an interesting subject for a novel.

Question #4

Who saved Count Rostov from committing suicide?

  1. Nina

  2. Abram

  3. Marina

  4. Anna



The Count began to experience a depression when he noticed how society had changed after the Bolsheviks took over Russia. He felt as though his generation was being ignored, as common courtesy and manners that were once commonplace were being erased from society. Count Rostov decided he would end his life by jumping from the top of the hotel. He is stopped by Abram who has been keeping bees on the hotel's roof. Abram offered Count Rostov some honey that tasted like the apples from Nizhny Novgorod.

Question #5

What is the name of the old man who Tate first met when she moved in to Corbin’s apartment?

  1. Gardener

  2. Handyman

  3. Waiter

  4. Chef



Count Rostov highly valued manners and common societal courtesies. He also had a history of serving other, and he was skilled in the area of service. After nearly committing suicide, Count Rostov decided he wanted to take control over his life again. For all of these reasons, he took a job as a waiter in the hotel. Eventually, he was able to work his way up and become the headwaiter on staff. Because of his position, he was also able to make friends with other hotel staff members.

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