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. Who sits near Dwayne during breakfast?

2. Where was Kilgore's novel published?

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

4. Where does Kilgore live?

5. Where does Kilgore walk after he leaves the pornographic theater?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Kilgore think Americans are greedy?

3. What does The Narrator say about himself, Kilgore and Dwayne once they are all in the hotel lounge?

4. What does Kilgore think about mirrors? What does he think they are?

5. Why is Harry devastated at the beginning of Chapter 13?

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

7. How are Wayne and the reader similar to one another in Chapter 19?

8. When Kilgore and Dwayne finally meet as foretold in Chapter 1, what is the cause of their meeting?

9. What is the parallel between Dwayne's irrelevant phrases and the narrative?

10. What does Dwayne do to Francine on his violent rampage?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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