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. Later in the day after Kilgore gets a ride, what does Kilgore call the person he watches eating in the diner?

2. What does Kilgore see while in the bathroom stall?

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

4. What does Kilgore discover when he wakes up after walking the streets Chapter 8?

5. Who stops Kilgore as he is walking from the pornographic theater?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. in Chapter 12, what does the driver recognize as a difference between himself and Kilgore?

5. Why is Kilgore reluctant at first to accept the invitation to speak at the arts festival?

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

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

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

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

10. What do the illustrations in Chapter 1 do for the tone of the chapter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In Chapter 22, The Narrator decides to speed up the pace of the narrative. What does he do in order to accomplish this? Does it in any way contradict his previous claim of all characters and details being of equal importance? Support your answer with specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

After seeing a message scrawled on the wall of the bathroom in the pornography theatre, Kilgore ponders the question at length. Discuss this scene with a clear thesis explaining why Kilgore devotes such attention to the question and how it affects him.

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