Timequake Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe what the author details in the prologue.

The author details how he took a bad novel and cut out all the bad pieces. He compares his task to filleting a fish.

2. What is a timequake?

A timequake is when humans suddenly find themselves ten years back. They must relive the previous ten years exactly as they already happened.

3. Who is Kilgore Trout?

Kilgore Trout is one of Vonnegut's characters. He attributes a lot of his own writing to Trout, and Trout is also Vonnegut's alter ego.

4. What does Vonnegut believe most people are interested in?

Vonnegut argues that most people want life to go by as quickly as possibly. He finds that they speed up doomsday with their invention of the atomic bomb.

5. How does Vonnegut feel about the atomic bomb?

Vonnegut feels that human's invention of the atomic bomb reflect their subliminal desire for death. He then details the production and invention of the atomic bomb.

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