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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 many lines are in Canto Four?
(a) 166 lines.
(b) 999 lines.
(c) 165 lines.
(d) 334 lines.

2. In Canto Two we find that Shade's daughter had been vacationing in what faraway place?
(a) France.
(b) Quebec.
(c) Zembla.
(d) New Wye.

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

4. What typically goes on at the I.P.H.?
(a) People gather to discuss different species of birds.
(b) People gather to discuss Zemblan history.
(c) People gather to discuss the after-life.
(d) Poets gather to read their work.

5. How does King Charles get out of the room where he is being held prisoner without being detected?
(a) He seduces a guard who sets him free.
(b) He makes a rope ladder and climbs out the window.
(c) He escapes through a secret passageway.
(d) He disguses himself as a guard and walks out the front door.

Short Answer Questions

1. John Shade's daughter is how old at the beginning of Canto Three?

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?"

3. How do the extremists learn the King has escaped?

4. What does Shade find out when he tracks down the woman who had the same vision of the after-life that he did?

5. Of the following, which most accurately describes the lines in the first stanza of Canto One?

Short Essay Questions

1. Cite an early clue that Charles Kinbote is an unreliable narrator.

2. How are Gradus and Kinbote similar?

3. How is Kinbote critical of Professor Hurley?

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

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

6. Briefly describe John Shade's vision of the after-life.

7. What do we learn about King Charles X in Canto Two?

8. What is Kinbote's secret?

9. How is Kinbote's birthday gift for Shade representative of Kinbote's commentary of the poem?

10. Briefly describe the IPH.

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