William S. Burroughs: Biography, Writings, and Style of a Beat

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In which novel did William S. Burroughs debut his cut-up style of writing, and why was it deemed controversial when it was published?

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1. Junkie describes the life of an addict and dealer of which drug?

2. The writings of the Beat Generation, and specifically Burroughs, are known for focusing on all of the following topics, EXCEPT _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

William S. Burroughs was a 20th-century American writer best known for his association with the Beat Generation and his 'cut-up' style of writing. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of Burroughs' biography and specific works. Some things you'll be assessed on include books written by Burroughs, the subjects of his books, and the focus of writings from the Beat Generation.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The novel that debuted Burroughs's cut-up style of writing
  • The subject of 'Junkie'
  • The focus of works from the Beat Generation
  • The book that Burroughs wrote with Jack Kerouac about the murder of David Kammerer
  • The event that drove Burroughs to write

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the plot of 'Junkie'
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the focus of the writings of the Beat Generation
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding Burroughs' motivation for writing

Additional Learning

To learn more about Burroughs, review the accompanying lesson, William S. Burroughs: Biography, Writings, and Style of a Beat. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Burroughs' experience with the Beat Generation
  • The people that he worked with
  • His education
  • The television show he appeared on in the 1980s
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