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. Where does Kilgore live?

2. What is Cyprian's vocation?

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

4. What does The Narrator foreshadow about Dwayne and Kilgore?

5. What does Dwayne demand from Kilgore when he first meets him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the plot of the science fiction novel Kilgore comes up with while watching films at the pornography theatre?

2. How did Celia, Dwayne's wife, kill herself?

3. Who is Cyprian Ukwende and why is he staying at the Midland City Holiday Inn?

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

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

6. What does the scene between Dwayne and his pet dog, Sparky, infer about Dwayne's character?

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

8. What significance did Kilgore's comment in the police station end up having on the residents of NY?

9. What is one of the boring topics that Kilgore and the driver talk about when they go through Philadelphia?

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

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

Rabo, Beatrice and Patty are introduced as characters in the hotel lounge scene and their conversation becomes the focus of Chapter 19. Up until this chapter, The Narrator's claim that no one character is more important than any other character has been building. Support this claim - that all characters in any work are of equal importance - with Rabo, Beatrice, Patty and their conversation.

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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