Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How do the Shade's spend the evening of their daughter's blind date?
2. After King Charles is out of the mountains, he receives a message to go to which of the following locations?
3. Which of the following best describes a recurring theme in the first Canto?
4. How does King Charles flee Zembla?
5. What is the name of the secret group that sends an assassin after King Charles?
Short Essay Questions
1. What clues do you see that Charles Kinbote may not be what he seems?
2. Provide an example or two of the reflection motif found between the commentary to lines 131 and the commentary to lines 162.
3. Give some examples of translation as a theme in Canto One.
4. Comment on a few similarities between Charles Kinbote and King Charles.
5. What does Kinbote do when he runs into Shade on the way to the doctor's office?
6. What do we learn about John Shade's Aunt Maud in Canto One?
7. When does Kinbote finally merge with King Charles as written in the Commentary?
8. What was the original use of the secret passageway in the Zemblan castle? Where does it lead?
9. What does John Shade ponder in the beginning of Canto Two?
10. Describe John Shade's writing process.
In the commentary to Line 171 Gradus, the assassin, is said to have had a job at a glass factory.
Could this be a figment of Charles Kinbote's imagination, and if so why would Kinbote make up such a job for the assassin?
Why do you think Nabokov chose to have Kinbote give Gradus this job?
Why does Nabokov choose to have Kinbote portray Gradus as a failure at this job?
Does it matter if Gradus really had such a job?
Use specific examples from the text to support your claims.
On page 156, in the commentary to Line 172, John Shade bemoans the way most of his students read and interpret literature.
Relate Shade's thoughts in the final paragraph on page 156 to the way Kinbote interprets the poem "Pale Fire."
How does Kinbote respond to Shade's commentary?
What does this tell us about Kinbote?
Charles Kinbote is an unreliable narrator.
Cite specific examples of how Vladimir Nabokov portrays Kinbote as an unreliable narrator.
Do you think this tactic was effective for the story? Why or why not?
How would the novel, Pale Fire, have been different if Kinbote was a reliable narrator?
Why did Nabokov choose to portray Kinbote the way he did?
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