Pale Fire Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. What does Gradus bring Oswin Bretwit?

2. Where does Gradus go to look for the king?

3. Where does Kinbote find the term "Tangra dust?"

4. According to Kinbote in the commentary, the queen resembles______.

5. Which of the following best describes the queen's initial feeling about King Charles when they meet after his escape?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Kinbote respond when a professor tells him he looks like King Charles? Why might he react that way?

2. How does Kinbote summarize Canto Four?

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

4. Why does Kinbote embrace organized religion?

5. What happens when Gradus and his commanders try to send coded messages?

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

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

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

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

10. Briefly summarize the conversation Kinbote overhears between Shade and Mrs. Hurley, and its relevance to "Pale Fire."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the assonance and consonance in the poem "Pale Fire." How does Nabokov use these literary tools throughout the poem?

Essay Topic 2

Reflection is a major motif of the fictional poem "Pale Fire," and in the novel's commentary and foreword.

Give specific examples of Nabokov's use of reflection as it pertains to looking back at past events?

How does Nabokov use reflection in terms of mirror images or opposites?

How do these two interpretations of reflection work together in Shade's writing, and Kinbote's commentary?

Essay Topic 3

On pages 100-107 in the commentary on line 71: Parents, Kinbote describes King Alfin the Vague.

Compare what is known of Kinbote to this point in the story with his portrayal of King Alfin.

What function or functions does King Alfin serve?

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