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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. John Shade reads an article written by this person about a woman who had a similar vision?
(a) Gerald Emerald.
(b) Charles Kinbote.
(c) The President of the IPH.
(d) Jim Coats.

2. Who gives Kinbote information about John Shade's daughter?
(a) An old newspaper article.
(b) Shade's former secretary.
(c) John Shade.
(d) Sybil Shade.

3. In the commentary to Line 137, what phrase, used by John Shade in "Pale Fire", does Kinbote claim has no real meaning?
(a) Waxing slain.
(b) lemniscate.
(c) unicrursal.
(d) caramen.

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

5. What book does King Charles find on his way out of the castle?
(a) Timon of Athens.
(b) Romeo and Juliet.
(c) The Bible.
(d) A book of John Shade's poetry.

6. How do the extremists learn the King has escaped?
(a) He gives a radio broadcast.
(b) He leaves a letter.
(c) They find out Odon is making a film in France.
(d) He is killed in New Wye.

7. What is the name of the secret group that sends an assassin after King Charles?
(a) The Shadows.
(b) The Marxists.
(c) The Extreme.
(d) The Freudians.

8. John Shade criticizes his students for which of the following transgressions?
(a) Writing "irony" in the margins of their books.
(b) Reading stupidly.
(c) Talking about Zembla.
(d) Using cliches.

9. Who is King Alfin the Vague's son?
(a) Dr. Sutton.
(b) King Charles.
(c) John Shade.
(d) Charles Kinbote.

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

11. Which of the following best describes King Alfin the Vague?
(a) Evil and harsh.
(b) Crafty and intelligent.
(c) Powerful and vindictive.
(d) Absent-minded and unworldly.

12. John Shade comes to the realization that he can not find what at the I.P.H.?
(a) Truth about bird watching.
(b) Truth about the after-life.
(c) Truth about the sordid history of Zembla.
(d) Truth about Shakespeare's sonnets.

13. John Shade's aunt is best described as what?
(a) Eccentric.
(b) Religious.
(c) Agnostic.
(d) Wicked.

14. Charles Kinbote wants the reader to see the image of who/what after reading the lines 131-132, "I was the waxing slain by feigned remoteness in the windowpane?"
(a) John Shade's blackouts.
(b) Himself.
(c) Gradus.
(d) Sybil Shade.

15. Of the following, which has been added to Shade's childhood home?
(a) A chimney.
(b) A garage.
(c) A TV antenna.
(d) Electricity.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the two most important things in Shade's life?

2. How many lines are in Canto Four?

3. During what time of the year does John Shade prefer to write?

4. Charles Kinbote gave John Shade a detailed drawing of King Charles' castle; what does he want John Shade's wife to do with the picture?

5. How did King Alfin the Vague die?

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