Pale Fire Multiple Choice Test Questions

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1. The first draft of "Pale Fire" was composed on a series of index cards. How many index cards did the author use?
(a) 80.
(b) 166.
(c) 334.
(d) 4.

2. "Pale Fire" is broken up into how many cantos?
(a) 166.
(b) 80.
(c) 334.
(d) 4.

3. The phrase "pale fire" is used in the foreword to describe what?
(a) Index cards burning in an incinerator.
(b) The snow in New Wye.
(c) The reflection of sunlight off the moon.
(d) A squirrel.

4. During the forward Charles Kinbote oddly notes that he is distracted by who/what?
(a) Sybill Shade.
(b) An amusement park.
(c) A squirrel.
(d) Shadeans.

5. A fellow-professor calls Charles Kinbote by what nickname?
(a) Gerald Emerald.
(b) The King of Zembla.
(c) Prof. C.
(d) The Great Beaver.

6. Charles Kinbote "mercifully " attributes this name to one professor, perhaps due to his green jacket.
(a) Dr. Nattochdag.
(b) Gerald Emerald.
(c) Green Velvet.
(d) Jim Coates.

7. Which of the following most closely describes Kinbote's depiction by university drama students?
(a) A raving lunatic with no perception of reality.
(b) A pompus woman-hater with a German accent.
(c) A displaced Zemblan king on the run from assassins.
(d) A brilliant writer and professor who is loyal to his friend John Shade.

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