Breakfast of Champions Test | Mid-Book 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. Why is Cyprian staying in a hotel?

2. What does Kilgore tell the driver about his now-adult son?

3. What is Kilgore invited to do at the event in Midland City?

4. What does The Narrator foreshadow Kilgore convincing Dwayne about?

5. Who is Dwayne's secretary?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are the relationships between the pets and Kilgore and Dwayne different?

2. What does the scene between Dwayne and his pet dog, Sparky, infer about Dwayne's character?

3. Who are the two principle characters of the novel and how are they presented in Chapter 1?

4. Who sends Kilgore a fan letter and what is the book that the fan praises?

5. What is the plot of the science fiction novel Kilgore comes up with while watching films at the pornography theatre?

6. Why is Kilgore reluctant at first to accept the invitation to speak at the arts festival?

7. Why does Dwayne have to stand in line at his own hotel?

8. Why are the majority of Kilgore's writings in pornographic magazines?

9. What happens to Kilgore after he notices that a car is following him as he walks down 42nd Street?

10. What is Kilgore's reason for accepting the invitation to speak at the arts festival?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the significance of Kilgore's accepting to speak at the arts festival, despite a desire to remain anonymous in his writing? Support your answer with specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 22, The Narrator decides to speed up the pace of the narrative. What does he do in order to accomplish this? Does it in any way contradict his previous claim of all characters and details being of equal importance? Support your answer with specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the novel, Kilgore comes up with ideas for stories and the reader learns what Now It Can Be Told is about. How do Kilgore's literary ideas and works reflect on his character? Does the reader gain valuable insight on who Kilgore is through his stories? Support your thesis with specific examples from the text.

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