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

3. What kind of dog does Dwayne have?

4. What is Cyprian's vocation?

5. Where does Dwayne eat breakfast at the beginning of Chapter 11?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Wayne Hoobler and what does he want at Dwayne's car dealership?

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

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

4. What is the reason for The Narrator saying his name is Philboyd Studge?

5. Why is Harry LeSabre upset by Dwayne's comment about his outfit looking like that of a mortician?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Describe Breakfast of Champions in literary terms. How does is transcend conventional drama in genre, plot construction, character development, and even narration? Cite specific examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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