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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. What does Kinbote give John Shade for his birthday?
(a) A chess board.
(b) A book of poetry.
(c) A drawing of King Charles' castle.
(d) A gown.

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

3. 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.

4. What happened to Shade's parents when he was a boy?
(a) They were imprisoned.
(b) They put him up for adoption.
(c) They died.
(d) They divorced/seperated.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Charles Kinbote criticizes an article written by Professor Hurley for what reason?

2. Queen Blenda's favorite hobby is ______ .

3. How do the extremists think King Charles will try to escape Zembla?

4. "Pale Fire" is broken up into how many cantos?

5. In lines 936 and 937 of "Pale Fire" the phrase "I plow Old Zembla's fields" is used by John Shade as part of a metaphor for what literal activity?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Briefly describe John and Sybil Shade's relationship.

4. What are a few of John Shade's pet peeves?

5. How is Kinbote critical of Professor Hurley?

6. What events lead to the death of John Shade's daughter?

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

8. Briefly describe the IPH.

9. Briefly describe the supernatural occurrences in Canto Two.

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

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