Pale Fire Quiz | Four Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Commentary, Line 71: parents through Line 101: No free man needs a God.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. John Shade vows to further explore what in Canto Two?
(a) The depths of human consciousness.
(b) The Zemblan Kings and their Gods.
(c) Reincarnation vs. heaven and hell.
(d) The possibility of an afterlife.

2. Of the following, who is not mentioned in the first Canto?
(a) Dr. Sutton.
(b) Shade's aunt.
(c) The King of Zembla.
(d) A Candian maid.

3. Following the death of King Charles' mother, Queen Blenda, a seance is held for what purpose?
(a) To bring Queen Blenda's spirit back to earth.
(b) So Charles can talk to his mother.
(c) To rid the castle of evil spirits.
(d) To convince Charles to marry Fleur.

4. Which of the following is not mentioned by Shade in Canto One?
(a) Dr. Sutton.
(b) The sky.
(c) A baseball game.
(d) The Zemblan countryside.

5. Kinbote notes that the poem alludes to what fictional character?
(a) Sherlock Holmes.
(b) Shakespeare's Henry VIII.
(c) King Charles.
(d) Lolita.

Short Answer Questions

1. John Shade is skeptical but he wants to believe in what?

2. John Shade reads an article written by this person about a woman who had a similar vision?

3. Who sets up John Shade's daughter on a blind date?

4. What is the assassin's real name?

5. What is the name of John Shade's aunt?

(see the answer key)

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