Find one fact about Russian history that is similar to the history of Zembla as told by Charles Kinbote. Zembla is a fictitious country that may or may not exist in the reality of the novel Pale Fire. Since Nabokov is Russian it is quite possible the country of Zembla may be based on part of the old Soviet Union.
Picturing King Charles
Using the text as a source, draw a picture of King Charles at some point during his escape. This activity will give students a chance to describe King Charles through a medium other than the written word.
Draw a map of Zembla based on the descriptions given in Pale Fire. This will allow students to get an idea of the country and will require them to re-read the description of the various landmarks in Pale Fire in order to produce an...
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