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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 Gradus bring Oswin Bretwit?
(a) A newspaper.
(b) A map of Zembla.
(c) Letters between Bretwit's family members.
(d) A valuable coin collection.

2. Whose spirit supposedly haunts the barn?
(a) Hazel Shade.
(b) King Alfin the Vague.
(c) The farmer who used to sleep there.
(d) King Charles.

3. Oswin Bretwit kicks out Gradus when he realizes Gradus is not a Royalist. What does Bretwit assume is Gradus' profession?
(a) A Marxist recruiter.
(b) A reporter.
(c) An assassin.
(d) A spy.

4. Kinbote reflects on the absurdity of what?
(a) Gradus.
(b) Sybil Shade.
(c) Psychoanalysis.
(d) Gerald Emerald.

5. Who tells Gradus Disa's estate is empty?
(a) Odon.
(b) A Russian spy.
(c) Charles Kinbote.
(d) A taxi driver.

Short Answer Questions

1. Kinbote fills in a blank space in "Pale Fire" with what name?

2. Which of the following best describes Gradus' feelings towards his role in the revolution?

3. According to Kinbote what is the only real name used in the poem, "Pale Fire?"

4. Which of the following best describes King Charles' marriage?

5. Kinbote is what religion?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Kinbote describe the Russian guards who are after the Zemblan Crown Jewels?

2. What is ironic about Kinbote criticizing Shade for using a title from another work for one of his own books?

3. What do you think of Kinbote's disregard for psychoanalysis?

4. Who does Disa mirror in Kinbote's life?

5. How does Kinbote portray Hazel, and the scene in the barn?

6. What is odd about the way Kinbote tells the story of Gradus?

7. Give a brief account of the events involving Disa and King Charles after the revolution.

8. What does Kinbote relate to the death of Hazel?

9. Briefly recount Gradus' experience on the day he killed Shade, as told by Kinbote.

10. What does Kinbote do when he runs into Shade on the way to the doctor's office?

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