Factotum 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. What is the blond woman's name?

2. Where does Henry sleep the night?

3. What is Gertrude's room full of?

4. In what way is Henry's father unlike Henry?

5. What does Henry contemplate doing as he waits alone in his room?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Henry's frame of mind when he arrives in New Orleans?

2. Describe Henry's job in the ladies dress shop.

3. Describe Willie Oxnard's house?

4. What is Henry's opinion of New York?

5. What does Henry do in El Paso?

6. How does Henry anger his parents in the second section?

7. How does Billy-Boy help Henry in the third section?

8. What does Henry do while his parents are away?

9. How does Henry meet Laura?

10. What bet does Henry make in the opening chapter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In 2005, Bent Hamer directed a film version of FACTOTUM starring Matt Dillon. Why do you think the themes and ideas in the book were still relevant years later? How did the filmmakers adapt the themes to fit in with the new environment? How did these changes affect the meaning of the story?

Essay Topic 2

The author wrote FACTOTUM in the first person. Why do you think the author chose to write the story in the first person? How do you think the meaning of the story would change if the author wrote it in the third person?

Essay Topic 3

What does Bukowski express about liberty in his novel? In what ways are Bukowski and his career an example of American liberty?

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