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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 the letter Bukowski's ex-wife sends him, she says that he should attend poetry readings at which church?

2. When asked to begin writing for Bryan's newspaper, Bukowski began with a review of what?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What begins the major argument between Bukowski and L in section fifteen?

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

3. In section eight, what does Bukowski have to say about philosophers?

4. In section nine, Bukowski has what to say in response to the assassinations of Kennedy, King, and Malcolm X?

5. In section fourteen, where are the bodies located in the house?

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

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

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

9. Describe the relationship between Marty and the little girl in section eleven.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How do Bukowski's friendships affect him? Pick three of his friends in the book and compare and contrast the influence each has on his life. Be sure to include 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

What does the experience with J.C. suggest about Bukowski's view of God? Using supporting information from the text, write and defend a thesis explaining Bukowski's view of religion.

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