Breakfast of Champions Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. How is the Preface in Breakfast of Champions presented in terms of genre?

The Preface is presented as a non-fictional preface, explaining real life facts surrounding the novel. It is, however, part of a fictional novel, and the facts presented help to explain basis for the narrative content.

2. What are the events given in the quick presentation of the novel?

The Preface introduces Kilgore as a relatively unknown novelist who is asked to be the keynote speaker at an arts festival in Midland City. Dwayne is presented as a wealthy businessman who is going through a mental breakdown. When Kilgore reaches Midland City, Dwayne happens by him and demands a message from Kilgore. Kilgore gives Dwayne his novel to read, who then interprets himself as the only freethinker in the universe. Dwayne then goes on a violent rampage.

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