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. How did Dwayne's wife die?

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

3. Where does Kilgore travel to at the beginning of Chapter 5?

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

5. What does Kilgore refer to mirrors as?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Dwayne do in Chapter 4 that alludes to his increasing mental instability?

4. How does The Narrator's childhood fear of diseases play into the novel?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The overall genre of Breakfast of Champions is fiction; however the Prologue and Epilogue are written to be viewed as nonfiction with general facts about the world. Write a well crafted argument for how the Prologue and Epilogue affect the rest of the narrative.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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