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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. In section twelve, Bukowski says to avoid all BUT WHICH of the following authors?

2. As section five opens, how old does Bukowski say Kerouac is?

3. What does Jack get out of the freezer toward the end of section fourteen?

4. Which famous holiday newspaper cover did Bryan have a problem with when he was fired?

5. According to the little girl in section eleven, who slapped her?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In section ten, how does Moss convince Shareen to let them come over?

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

4. In section sixteen, explain what event Red says he witnessed for which he was given a wallet to keep quiet.

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. Bukowski spends some time in the foreword detailing his thoughts about fame and reputation. Explain his sentiments.

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

9. According to Bukowski, why does the crowd continue to bet on the races after the riot on the field in section eight?

10. In section seven, by what process does Bukowski pick the fight winners at the Olympic?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Bukowski's view of homosexuality with that of his friend Kerouac. Be sure to include quotes and supporting information from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Is Bukowski generally an honest person or a dishonest one? Using supporting information from the text, set up a thesis and write a persuasive essay arguing one way or the other.

Essay Topic 3

Pick one of the statements from section 22 and write an essay detailing three ways in which this statement can be seen in practice in Bukowski's life (or in the life of one of his characters). Be sure to include supporting information from the text.

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