Slaughterhouse-Five Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Why is it unusual for Kurt Vonnegut to appear in this book as a character?

Because he is the author of the book, and it is a novel, not a memoir.

2. Why does Kurt Vonnegut use real information from his life in this book?

In order to counter the fantasy elements and remind readers that the most horrific events actually took place.

3. Why does Vonnegut say this book will be "jumbled and jangled?"

He is writing about a massacre and there is nothing intelligent to say about massacres.

4. What did Kurt Vonnegut learn about the bombing of Dresden when he wrote to the Air Force for details?

That the details of the raid were top secret.

5. What was the Children's Crusade?

A scheme by monks to sell children into slavery by pretending they were going to fight Muslims in Palestine.

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