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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Goodbye Watson, what athlete does the narrator have success with?
(a) Madge.
(b) Watson Jones.
(c) Enrique Balanos.
(d) Jack Hendley.

2. In the story Great Poets Die in Steaming Pots of Shit, where does Bukowski work?
(a) College campus.
(b) Publisher.
(c) Grocery store.
(d) Post office.

3. Where is Chinasky's flight headed?
(a) New York.
(b) Seattle.
(c) St. Louis.
(d) Burbank.

4. What profession does Benny have?
(a) Factory worker.
(b) Poet.
(c) Teacher.
(d) Postal worker.

5. How does Bukowski think of his conversation with his friend in A Quiet Conversation Piece?
(a) It was useless.
(b) It was enjoyable.
(c) It was horrible.
(d) It was depressing.

6. What does Bukowski think of his friend's suggestion for the United States?
(a) It will be good for the US.
(b) It will purge both the good and bad from the US.
(c) He said nothing.
(d) It will depend on how it is carried out.

7. Where does Frank go after receiving the object from the clerk?
(a) The movie theater.
(b) To work.
(c) Grocery store.
(d) Post office.

8. Where does Bukowski return home to at the end of My Stay at the Poet's Cottage?
(a) Tucson.
(b) Dallas.
(c) Los Angeles.
(d) New York.

9. Who does Bukowski drink heavily with prior to the Great Zen Wedding ceremony?
(a) Zen Master.
(b) Harvey.
(c) Roy.
(d) Hollis.

10. What job does Dan Skorski quit?
(a) Writing.
(b) Post office.
(c) Grocery store.
(d) Rubber processing plant.

11. What does Bukowski argue about the human toll of his friend's suggestion?
(a) The cost is too great for such little progress.
(b) The toll is worth the aftermath.
(c) He thinks some humans need to be lost for any great change.
(d) He is fine with it as long as he is okay.

12. How many people tease Mr. Sneed?
(a) Six.
(b) Two.
(c) Three.
(d) Four.

13. Where did the narrator of Goodbye Watson go before he started attending horse races?
(a) Boxing club.
(b) College.
(c) Poker nights.
(d) Casino.

14. What saves Blaine from being raped?
(a) His strength.
(b) The guards.
(c) His physical unattractiveness.
(d) His emotions.

15. What does Bukowski realize he is missing in jail?
(a) His pants.
(b) His socks.
(c) His shoes.
(d) His tie.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Duke do at night?

2. What does Mr. Sneed do with the food Mrs. Connors brings him?

3. Who does Chinasky avoid at a party?

4. What does the narrator offer to his girlfriend in Too Sensitive?

5. How much money do Harry and Madge have in Reunion?

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