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

2. What is the little girl in the doctor's office playing with when Henry arrives?
(a) Ball.
(b) Yo-yo.
(c) Doll.
(d) Balloon.

3. What is the name of Bukowski's friend at the beginning of section sixteen?
(a) Red.
(b) Jensen.
(c) Howard.
(d) Johnson.

4. As section fourteen opens, what is the woman at the door selling?
(a) Sour cream.
(b) Ice cream.
(c) Encyclopedias.
(d) Flowers.

5. When Bukowski finds himself outside Yankee Stadium in section six, which former Yankee player does he mention as his boyhood hero?
(a) Joe Dimaggio.
(b) Lou Gehrig.
(c) Babe Ruth.
(d) Yogi Berra.

Short Answer Questions

1. As section seventeen opens, Henry notes that it is what day of the week?

2. The other patients are reading all BUT WHICH of the following magazines when Henry arrives at the doctor's office?

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

4. After vomiting several times, the narrator says he hears what on Sunset Blvd?

5. In section three, where does Bukowski initially believe that he is?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the narrator finally discover about dying at the end of section thirteen?

3. What experience does Bukowski have with the Jewish cleaners in section six?

4. To what does Bukowski compare the smell behind the curtain in section three?

5. Explain Jimmy Crispin's reasons for wanting to play baseball in section two.

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

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

8. In section thirteen, what conclusions does the narrator draw about the life he's led?

9. At the end of section four, what does Bukowski say he said to Neal when they first met?

10. Describe what letter Bukowski finds in his mailbox when he arrives home at the end of section three.

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