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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Charles Kinbote thinks the reference to "that crystal land" in line 12 refers to what place?
(a) New Wye.
(b) Russia.
(c) Zembla.
(d) Quebec.

2. John Shade's daughter is how old at the beginning of Canto Three?
(a) 18.
(b) A senior in high school.
(c) 6 months.
(d) We don't know exactly, only that she's a small child.

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

4. What are the two ways to write according to Shade in Canto Three?
(a) In the mind and while writing.
(b) Indoors and outdoors.
(c) In the bathtub, and at a desk.
(d) Literally and ironically.

5. Which of the following is not among John Shade's pet peeves?
(a) Editors.
(b) Jazz.
(c) Super market music.
(d) Abstract art.

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

7. What event causes John Shade to have a vision of the afterlife?
(a) He is hit by a car.
(b) He gets lost in the Zemblan Mountains without food or water.
(c) He has a heart attack.
(d) He suffers a stroke.

8. Of the following, which most accurately describes the lines in the first stanza of Canto One?
(a) They are written in ryhming couplets.
(b) They have the same number of words
(c) They lack punctuation
(d) They are symetrical.

9. In the commentary to Line 181, Shade produces a book by what author and shows it to Sybil Shade?
(a) Vladimir Nabokov.
(b) John Shade.
(c) Proust.
(d) William Shakespeare.

10. How do the extremists think King Charles will try to escape Zembla?
(a) On foot.
(b) By car.
(c) By boat.
(d) By plane.

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

12. John Shade recites his poetry to one person prior to its publication. Who is that person?
(a) His wife.
(b) Dr. Sutton.
(c) Charles Kinbote.
(d) The king of Zembla.

13. Which best describes Kinbote's reason for rejecting the offer by the first potential publisher of "Pale Fire"?
(a) He would not let Kinbote translate the poem into Zemblan.
(b) Kinbote would not have full editorial control.
(c) Sybil Shade would not recieve her full share of the profits.
(d) He made Kinbote responsible for any errors in the commentary.

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

15. 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?
(a) Destroy it.
(b) Frame it.
(c) Send it to him.
(d) Send it to the publisher.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do the people of Zembla aid in King Charles' flight?

2. Who is the previous inhabitant of Charles Kinbote's house?

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

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

5. What does Kinbote do during John Shade's birthday party?

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