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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 Dwayne believe about himself after reading Kilgore's novel?

2. Who is undergoing a mental collapse at the beginning of the book?

3. What does Dwayne demand from Kilgore when he first meets him?

4. What was The Narrator aware of and disturbed by as a young adolescent?

5. What does Kilgore's novel tell the story of?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In Now It Can Be Told, what is the main difference between the creator of the universe and the reader?

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

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

6. What is the book the driver describes having read that Kilgore realizes is one of his own novels about?

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

8. Why is Harry devastated at the beginning of Chapter 13?

9. What does Dwayne do when he fails to punch Wayne outside of the hotel?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

There are amateurish illustrations at the beginning of the novel. Kilgore has written numerous works of fiction, but they are published as filler material in pornographic magazines. What is parallel between the accompanying illustrations to Breakfast of Champions' text and the images Kilgore's stories accompany in the pornographic magazines. Is there a parallel, or is it as insignificant as much of the details involved in the novel? Provide specific examples from the text to support your answer.

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