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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Reunion, from where does Harry return home?
(a) College.
(b) Prison.
(c) Work.
(d) Rehabilitation.

2. What kind of writer is Henry Chinasky?
(a) A technical writer.
(b) A nonfiction writer.
(c) A poet.
(d) A novelist.

3. What state is Bukowski in during the summer in My Stay at the Poet's Cottage?
(a) Arizona.
(b) Texas.
(c) Missouri.
(d) New York.

4. What does Bukowski give the fat woman's son in Rape! Rape!?
(a) A hug.
(b) A dollar.
(c) A toy.
(d) A cookie.

5. In Great Poets Die in Steaming Pots of Shit, what does the man that approaches Bukowski do?
(a) Praises Bukowski's poetry.
(b) Criticizes Bukowski's appearance.
(c) Criticizes Bukowski's poetry.
(d) Praises Bukowski's appearance.

Short Answer Questions

1. How much money does Harry owe the mechanic?

2. In A Quiet Conversation Piece, what does his friend believe the United States needs?

3. What is the name of Bukowski's friend who shares a woman with him in the beginning of No Stockings?

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

5. What author does the narrator name in describing something about himself in Goodbye Watson?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the murder of Carol's zoo in Animal Crackers in My Soup represent?

2. Describe the character of Signo in The Stupid Christs.

3. What is ironic about Bukowski's observations in A Bad Trip?

4. How does Bukowksi obey social conventions when attending the wedding in The Great Zen Wedding?

5. What does Bukowski think of current poets and comic strips in Eyes Like the Sky?

6. How does Bukowski's obsession with death and sex show up in Notes of a Potential Suicide?

7. What do Bukowski's visitors take away from him in A Popular Man?

8. Describe the moral code of prison in Scenes from the Big Time.

9. What does a pest do, according to Bukowski in Notes on the Pest?

10. What happens when Bukowski is discovered with Mary in Purple as an Iris?

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