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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 is causing Dwayne's continual mental instability?
2. Where does Kilgore travel to at the beginning of Chapter 5?
3. What was The Narrator aware of and disturbed by as a young adolescent?
4. Who does Kilgore receive a letter from in Chapter 3, asking him to speak at an arts festival?
5. What is Kilgore invited to do at the event in Midland City?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Kilgore reluctant at first to accept the invitation to speak at the arts festival?
2. What is the reason for The Narrator saying his name is Philboyd Studge?
3. Why does Kilgore think Americans are greedy?
4. What do the illustrations in Chapter 1 do for the tone of the chapter?
5. What does Kilgore think about mirrors? What does he think they are?
6. How is the Preface in Breakfast of Champions presented in terms of genre?
7. In Chapter 10, why does Kilgore have to sit on the floor of the truck he rides in?
8. What is Kilgore's reason for accepting the invitation to speak at the arts festival?
9. Why does Dwayne have to stand in line at his own hotel?
10. How did Celia, Dwayne's wife, kill herself?
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
During their drive, the truck driver tells Kilgore about a book he read (which turns out to be by Kilgore) involving a roulette wheel that determines the value of art. How does the plot of this book play into the plot of Breakfast of Champions? Is there a connection? Support your answer with specific examples from the text.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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