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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. Where was the foreword written?
(a) Russia.
(b) Cedarn, Utana.
(c) New Wye.
(d) Zembla.

2. Who gives Kinbote information about John Shade's daughter?
(a) John Shade.
(b) Shade's former secretary.
(c) An old newspaper article.
(d) Sybil Shade.

3. Which of the following best describes the pervading theme of Canto Four?
(a) John Shade's writing process.
(b) John Shade's time in Zembla.
(c) John Shade's relationship with Charles Kinbote.
(d) John Shade's relationship with his family.

4. Who is the previous inhabitant of Charles Kinbote's house?
(a) The King of Zembla.
(b) Dr. Sutton.
(c) Judge Goldsmith.
(d) Wordsmith University's gardener.

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) In an abandoned car.
(d) On a farm.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which best describes Kinbote's reason for rejecting the offer by the first potential publisher of "Pale Fire"?

2. The final couplet of "Pale Fire" describes what image?

3. Which of the following does not happen to the I.P.H.?

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

5. During what time of the year does John Shade prefer to write?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe John Shade's writing process.

2. Briefly describe Fleur.

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

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

5. How are Gradus and Kinbote similar?

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

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

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

9. What are two major criticisms John Shade has of his students? How is this ironic?

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

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