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

2. Why does young King Charles refuse to consummate his relationship with Fleur?
(a) She is ugly.
(b) Her family is poor.
(c) She tries to steal from him.
(d) He is homosexual.

3. Charles Kinbote thinks John Shade enjoyed more "creative freedom" during the composition of which Canto?
(a) Canto Three.
(b) Canto One.
(c) Canto Four.
(d) Canto Two.

4. What happens to John Shade's aunt?
(a) She falls down the stairs and breaks her hip.
(b) She has a heart attack and dies.
(c) She has a stroke and is moved to a sanitarium.
(d) She drowns in a lake.

5. A fellow-professor calls Charles Kinbote by what nickname?
(a) The Great Beaver.
(b) Gerald Emerald.
(c) Prof. C.
(d) The King of Zembla.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is not mentioned by Shade in Canto One?

2. Kinbote notes that the poem alludes to what fictional character?

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

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

5. Which of the following best describes John Shade's idea of life on earth?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Charles Kinbote portray himself in the foreword?

2. What is Kinbote's secret?

3. What was the original use of the secret passageway in the Zemblan castle? Where does it lead?

4. Give examples from the text of reasons that the Extremists are unable to find King Charles once he escapes.

5. What does John Shade ponder in the beginning of Canto Two?

6. Describe John Shade's writing process.

7. How does Kinbote characterize his relationship with John Shade?

8. How is Kinbote critical of Professor Hurley?

9. Briefly describe the IPH.

10. How does John Shade understand life?

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