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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Which of the following has Shade renounced?
2. Kinbote leaves his blinds open to give him a better view of what?
3. On what day did John Shade begin composing his poem "Pale Fire?"
4. During the forward Charles Kinbote oddly notes that he is distracted by who/what?
5. What book does King Charles find on his way out of the castle?
Short Essay Questions
1. Give examples from the text of reasons that the Extremists are unable to find King Charles once he escapes.
2. What do you think of Kinbote's disregard for psychoanalysis?
3. Name some sports at which Kinbote is proficient.
4. Give some examples of translation as a theme in Canto One.
5. Cite an early clue that Charles Kinbote is an unreliable narrator.
6. What is odd about the way Kinbote tells the story of Gradus?
7. Why does Kinbote insist on meeting Shade on July 19th?
8. Briefly recount Gradus' experience on the day he killed Shade, as told by Kinbote.
9. Give a brief synopsis of King Charles' escape.
10. Briefly describe Fleur.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
Compare the way Charles Kinbote portrays himself vs. the way he is viewed by others. Based on his actions, how would you describe the "real" Charles Kinbote? Based on your description of Kinbote, and the difference in the way he is perceived by others compared to his view of himself, write an essay commenting on Nabokov's choice to have a person like this narrate the story instead of writing the novel with a third-person omniscient narrator describing Kinbote, his treatment of "Pale Fire" and his relationships with the other characters in the novel.
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the assonance and consonance in the poem "Pale Fire." How does Nabokov use these literary tools throughout the poem?
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