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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. At the end of section sixteen, Bukowski does what?

2. As section nine begins, Bukowski says that the main problem with the Kennedy assassination is that we lose gains in all BUT WHICH of the following areas?

3. Bukowski ends section five by asking who cares about a dead what?

4. According to Bukowski, what percentage of the time is he correct about the results of the boxing matches at the Olympic?

5. What is the name of Jack's friend who shows up when he sits back down to sew?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. After leaving New York at the end of section six, what sentiments does Bukowski voice about the city?

3. What does Bukowski say after relating the rant from the sportscaster who wants to lock up the mad?

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

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

6. What does Bukowski mean at the end of section five when he says, "who cares about a dead battery?"

7. Describe the circumstances Bukowski relates in section eighteen about his friend Lou's attempted suicide.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Is Yevonna actually mentally troubled, or is she merely "playing possum" because she's unhappy with Bukowski/Radowski? Develop a thesis and write a persuasive essay taking one view or the other. Be sure to include supporting information from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Bukowski's time at the Olympic with his time at the race track. What lessons does he learn from each place? Include supporting information from the appropriate sections.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the wealthy man, Maxfield, and Stirkoff in sections 34, 35, and 36. How are these three men similar? What are they looking for in life? Use information from the text to support your thesis.

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