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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. While sitting at the racetrack, Bukowski notes that the track doubled the parking fee to what amount?
(a) 50 cents.
(b) $6.00.
(c) $2.00.
(d) $1.00.

2. After leaving New York at the end of section six, to which town does Bukowski go?
(a) Joplin.
(b) Denver.
(c) Kansas City.
(d) Omaha.

3. In section one, what item does the Filipino man guarding Bukowski's door have in his hand?
(a) Hammer.
(b) Axe.
(c) Shotgun.
(d) Knife.

4. In section twelve, Bukowski says the boys in the parks are led by all BUT WHICH of the following poets?
(a) Kerouac.
(b) Ginsberg.
(c) Genet.
(d) Burroughs.

5. What does the angel in section two say his name is?
(a) Jim Crow.
(b) Jimmy Crispin.
(c) Johnny Cross.
(d) Jack Crenshaw.

Short Answer Questions

1. At the end of section ten, Moss tells the woman he calls that he's been thinking about a dress she wore. What color was the dress?

2. What is the name of the horse that punches through the angry crowd at the racetrack?

3. Toward the end of section three, Bukowski gets a letter from his ex-wife. Where does she live?

4. When Bukowski finds himself outside Yankee Stadium in section six, which former Yankee player does he mention as his boyhood hero?

5. What is the name of Bukowski's friend at the beginning of section sixteen?

Short Essay Questions

1. When discussing the origin of the Open City newspaper, what challenges does Bukowski say that his friend John Bryan faced?

2. Explain who saws off Jimmy Crispin's wings in section two, and why.

3. When his friend Kerouac speaks out against homosexuals in section five, how does Bukowski respond?

4. During the discussion of John Bryan, what reason does Bukowski give for Bryan's termination from the Herald-Examiner?

5. Describe Bukowski's concerns about revolution as discussed in section twelve.

6. In section one, why is Bukowski stuck in his apartment?

7. As section fifteen begins, what early comment does Bukowski make about L that foreshadows his dislike of the man?

8. Based on the foreword, describe the process by which this book came to be.

9. Why, in section fourteen, does Jack finally call the police and report himself as a murderer?

10. Explain what Neal is doing when Bukowski meets him in section four.

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