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 ethnicity is Cyprian Ukwende?

2. Which family member does Dwayne think about in Chapter 6?

3. What does Kilgore believe about mirrors?

4. What is the science fiction story that Kilgore comes up with about?

5. What does Dwayne Hoover do for a living?

Short Essay Questions

1. in Chapter 12, what does the driver recognize as a difference between himself and Kilgore?

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

3. What is one of the boring topics that Kilgore and the driver talk about when they go through Philadelphia?

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

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

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

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

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

9. Who asks Kilgore to be a keynote speaker and why?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How could the Sacred Miracle Cave that Kyle and Lyle Hoover run be a metaphor for Breakfast of Champions? Support your answer with specific examples from the text.

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

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.

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