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 also checks into the hotel along with Cyprian?

2. What does The Narrator claim the book to be in terms of himself?

3. Who is Dwayne's secretary?

4. What is Cyprian's vocation?

5. What is the plague that infests the planet in the science fiction story Kilgore comes up with?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In Chapter 10, why does Kilgore have to sit on the floor of the truck he rides in?

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

4. What does the message written on the bathroom wall in the pornography theater say and what is Kilgore's response to it?

5. Who is Wayne Hoobler and what does he want at Dwayne's car dealership?

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

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

8. Why does Kilgore think Americans are greedy?

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

10. Why is Harry LeSabre upset by Dwayne's comment about his outfit looking like that of a mortician?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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

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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