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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Bukowski's friend in A Quiet Conversation Piece study to be?
(a) A rector.
(b) A teacher.
(c) A rabbi.
(d) A priest.

2. Where does Dan spend much of his time while at work?
(a) In his own office.
(b) At the post office.
(c) At Griffo's.
(d) In Signo's house.

3. Why is Bukowski incarcerated in Doing Time with Public Enemy No. 1?
(a) For attacking someone.
(b) For murdering someone.
(c) For robbing a store.
(d) For dodging the draft.

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

5. In Rape! Rape!, who does Bukowski see upon getting out of the bathroom?
(a) Policemen.
(b) Mary.
(c) The fat woman.
(d) The little boy.

6. What author does the narrator name in describing something about himself in Goodbye Watson?
(a) Charles Dickens.
(b) Charles Bukowski.
(c) Ernest Hemingway.
(d) Jack Hendley.

7. In Scenes from the Big Time, which inmate serves time in the hole?
(a) The narrator.
(b) Blaine.
(c) Sears.
(d) Joe Statz.

8. According to the Too Sensitive narrator, what does a woman's clean kitchen mean?
(a) She hates dirt.
(b) She is dull and conditioned.
(c) She is independent.
(d) She loves her man enough to clean for him.

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

10. In Goodbye Watson, why does the narrator wake up soaking wet?
(a) Rain from an open window.
(b) From sleeping in the bathtub.
(c) It is not explained.
(d) From his friend pouring water on him to wake him up.

11. Who has prevented Jack Hendley from preparing his bets in advance?
(a) A house guest.
(b) His brother.
(c) His wife.
(d) The other gamblers.

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

13. What does Dan try to do one night while drunk?
(a) Clean a statue of Jesus.
(b) Pull down a statue of Jesus.
(c) Pull down a statue of the President.
(d) Break a statue of the President.

14. In Rape! Rape!, where does Bukowski follow the woman he sees?
(a) Grocery store.
(b) Her apartment building.
(c) Her car.
(d) Post office.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Duke do at night?

2. What is Bukowski beaten with in Love It or Leave It?

3. What does Bukowski argue about the human toll of his friend's suggestion?

4. What does Dan say about Bukowski's writing in No Stockings?

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

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