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. What does The Narrator claim the book to be in terms of himself?

2. Why does Wayne Hoobler accost Dwayne at the car dealership?

3. Where was Kilgore's novel published?

4. What is Cyprian's vocation?

5. What is the title of one of Kilkgore's science fiction novels?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is Kilgore's novel, Plague On Wheels, about?

6. What do the illustrations in Chapter 1 do for the tone of the chapter?

7. What does Kilgore think about mirrors? What does he think they are?

8. What significance did Kilgore's comment in the police station end up having on the residents of NY?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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