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Slaughterhouse-Five

Kurt Vonnegut

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1. What do the Tralfamadorians resemble?

2. Where is Billy Pilgrim from?

3. Of how many dimensions are Tralfamadorians aware?

4. Who lends Billy his science-fiction books?

5. To whom does Vonnegut make the promise that he will call his book The Children’s Crusade?

6. Following which event is Billy taken prisoner?

7. Why do the Tralfamadorians compare Billy to a bug trapped in amber?

8. Whom should one ask for when one is in Cody, Wyoming, according to the novel?

9. In what city does Kurt Vonnegut work for General Electric?

10. How many children does Billy have with his wife?

11. Which of the following is the title of a Kilgore Trout novel?

12. What single event in the war makes Billy cry?

13. In what year does Billy die?

14. Where do Billy and Valencia go on their honeymoon?

15. Where does the author show up at the POW camp?

16. What is Edgar Derby tried and executed for stealing?

17. Which of the following happens to Billy for the first time in Dresden?

18. Why did Valencia think that no one would marry her?

19. What does Billy’s doctor prescribe to help him sleep?

20. Why is it ironic that the Serenity Prayer hangs in Billy’s office?

21. How does Bertram Copeland Rumfoord respond to Billy’s claim that he was in Dresden at the time of the firebombing?

22. What is inscribed in Montana Wildhack’s silver locket?

23. In what format are Tralfamadorian books composed?

24. On which U.S. city does Billy say China will drop a hydrogen bomb in 1976?

25. What question does Billy ask the aliens when he is abducted?

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A few observations on Slaughterhouse Five

by Akumeoi, November 04, 2012

Some things that are significant about this book (in my view) that were not mentioned in the SparkNote are this:
Billy Pilgrim's last name
A religious connection in the book
The colour of his feet again
As to the first, I think that since 'Billy' was obviously chosen with care, 'Pilgrim' was too. Pilgrim could refer to his otherworldly journey through time, although it's uncertain what he would be making a pilgrimage too - possibly death. Or, it could just be his journey through the war.
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Where in the book is that

by mackeller, April 04, 2013

Do you know where in the book the christianity references are? The chapter might be more helpful because the pages are probably different.

An alternative explanation for Billy's "travels"

by almostpassingenglish, August 18, 2013

I think that BIlly Pilgrim's journeys through time could instead be a social commentary on Post-Traumatic Stress disorder. Billy isn't skipping through time, instead he's an old man sitting at his home, his daughter is taking care of him, and when he closes his eyes he suffers his wartime flashbacks and delusions about traveling through space in which he lives in a dream with elements from his life, like how Montana Wildhack was the Porn Star from the book store that Billy visited to see the Kilgore Trout novels. It also explains why the boo

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