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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How do the Shade's spend the evening of their daughter's blind date?
(a) Studying birds.
(b) Reading.
(c) Watching television.
(d) Writing poems.

2. 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) Sybil Shade.
(b) Gradus.
(c) John Shade's blackouts.
(d) Himself.

3. What did Charles Kinbote do with the cat?
(a) He gave it to John Shade as a birthday gift.
(b) He accidentally poisoned it.
(c) He gave it to the maid.
(d) He wrote a poem about it.

4. Who makes sexual advances on King Charles during the commentary to line 149?
(a) Garh.
(b) Oleg.
(c) Odon.
(d) Fleur.

5. While he makes his way through the mountains, King Charles stops to spend the night in which of the following places?
(a) In a cave.
(b) In the woods.
(c) On a farm.
(d) In an abandoned car.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does John Shade refer to the I.P.H.?

2. Why does young King Charles refuse to consummate his relationship with Fleur?

3. In the commentary to Line 181, Shade produces a book by what author and shows it to Sybil Shade?

4. What typically goes on at the I.P.H.?

5. Who does King Charles finally marry?

Short Essay Questions

1. Name some sports at which Kinbote is proficient.

2. Briefly describe Fleur.

3. What clues do you see that Charles Kinbote may not be what he seems?

4. How does John Shade understand life?

5. Briefly describe the supernatural occurrences in Canto Two.

6. What are some early examples of reflection as a theme in the poem "Pale Fire?"

7. Does it surprise you that John Shade renounces religion yet he wants to believe in the after-life?

8. What do we learn about John Shade's Aunt Maud in Canto One?

9. List a few possible motivations for Shade's desire to learn more about the after-life.

10. What are some ways Kinbote tries to make the poem be about himself as opposed to Shade's childhood?

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