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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Commentary, Line 681: gloomy Russians spied through Line 691: the attack.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Shade find out when he tracks down the woman who had the same vision of the after-life that he did?
(a) She is a Zemblan queen.
(b) She is married to Charles Kinbote.
(c) She also had a daughter who passed away recently.
(d) She had a different vision.

2. Where did Kinbote and Shade meet?
(a) The faculty club at lunch time.
(b) The English Department faculty lounge.
(c) Zembla.
(d) The library .

3. Which of the following best describes a recurring theme in the first Canto?
(a) Reflection.
(b) Color.
(c) Change.
(d) Abandonment.

4. What does Charles Kinbote do when he finds out where the Shades' are planning to go on vacation?
(a) He sits in his house alone and drinks.
(b) He rents a house in the same town.
(c) He asks to go with them.
(d) He tries to convince them to stay in New Wye.

5. Who does Kinbote blame for not receiving an invitation to John Shade's birthday party?
(a) Sybil Shade.
(b) John Shade.
(c) Dr. Sutton.
(d) Gradus.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who gives Kinbote information about John Shade's daughter?

2. How do the Shade's spend the evening of their daughter's blind date?

3. What Kinbote thought was an amusement park outside is actually what?

4. John Shade's aunt is best described as what?

5. In the commentary to Line 137, what phrase, used by John Shade in "Pale Fire", does Kinbote claim has no real meaning?

(see the answer key)

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