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

2. What did the element that Celia ingested do to her?

3. What does Kilgore think about Americans?

4. Where is the event Kilgore is asked to visit in Midland City?

5. What genre does Kilgore prefer to write?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the conflict that Dwayne might have with his twin brothers, Lyle and Kyle?

2. Why does The Narrator place himself in the hotel lounge scene?

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

4. Why does the sight of The Narrator in the hotel Lobby make Kilgore nervous?

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

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

7. In Chapter 20, what does the desk clerk at the hotel say to Kilgore about his work?

8. Why does Patty Keene flirt with Dwayne while she serves him hamburgers?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Does Breakfast of Champions have a conclusion? Is it an unfulfilled conclusion? Is there no conclusion at all? Support you answer with specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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