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. Why is Cyprian staying in a hotel?

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

3. Why does Kilgore decide to go to the event in Midland City that he is invited to?

4. What does Kilgore learn in school about the discovery of America?

5. Why does Dwayne ignore Harry after Harry approaches him at the car dealership?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Why does Kilgore think Americans are greedy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the Prologue, The Narrator describes his childhood, including his relationship with Phoebe Hurty whose atypical views largely influenced The Narrator's views. Based on the information The Narrator provides and what the reader learns about Kilgore throughout the novel, is it possible that Kilgore is a self representation of The Narrator? 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

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.

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