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. Where do Kilgore and the driver arrive at the beginning of Chapter 12?

2. Who recommended Kilgore for the event he is asked to attend in Chapter 3?

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

4. What happens after the newspapers pick up a comment Kilgore makes to the police?

5. What is Cyprian's vocation?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the difference between Dwayne's personal life and business life?

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

3. What is Kilgore's counter argument to the driver's stance on the need for conservation of natural resources?

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

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

6. Why does Dwayne think he is hallucinating Wayne when he first meets him?

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

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

9. Why does Kilgore think Americans are greedy?

10. What does the message written on the bathroom wall in the pornography theater say and what is Kilgore's response to it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Towards the end of the novel, Rabo Karabekian, a minimalist artist, makes an appearance and his speech in the hotel lounge is noted by The Narrator as the spiritual climax of the book. What is Rabo's speech about and how is it the spiritual climax? Is it possible that Rabo's art could be a metaphor for The Narrator's novel? Explore this question through Rabo's speech and use specific examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

After Dwayne's fateful reading of Kilgore's Now It Can Be Told, he accosts numerous people in a violent rampage. Relate what is known about the plot of Kilgore's novel and how it affects Dwayne who is in a critical mental state. Assess the plot of Kilgore's novel and how Dwayne interprets it in order to explain why Dwayne embarks on his rampage after reading it.

Essay Topic 3

The two main protagonists of Breakfast of Champions, Kilgore Trout and Dwayne Hoover, have had tumultuous relationships throughout their lives beginning in childhood and moving on into their adulthood. Assess the two characters, based on their relationships with others, and conclude whether they are, in fact, similar to one another or foils.

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