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. How old is Kilgore in Chapter 2?

2. Instead of shooting himself, what does Dwayne do in an effort to end his life?

3. What did Dwayne's biological parents do to him when he was a child?

4. What is Dwayne's relationship status?

5. What did the element that Celia ingested do to her?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In Chapter 10, why does Kilgore have to sit on the floor of the truck he rides in?

4. How did Celia, Dwayne's wife, kill herself?

5. What is the irony of Kilgore browsing in the pornography shop in New York?

6. After pondering the question on the bathroom wall, what is Kilgore lead to think about?

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

8. How does The Narrator's childhood fear of diseases play into the novel?

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

10. Who is Cyprian Ukwende and why is he staying at the Midland City Holiday Inn?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

After seeing a message scrawled on the wall of the bathroom in the pornography theatre, Kilgore ponders the question at length. Discuss this scene with a clear thesis explaining why Kilgore devotes such attention to the question and how it affects him.

Essay Topic 2

Who is The Narrator in Breakfast of Champions? The unnamed narrator claims to be a real person, but defies conventional literature and even physics at numerous points throughout the plot. What is his role within the novel? Using specific examples from the text, write a thesis explaining who you think The Narrator is within the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the novel, numerous coincidences are mentioned linking characters, places and events. Describe several of these coincidences and argue whether they are significant to the narrative, or trivial. How do they affect the narrative? How do they affect characters? Do they not affect anything at all? Use specific examples from the text to support your answer.

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