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

2. In Love it or Leave It, what does Bukowski find to sleep in?
(a) An empty house.
(b) A Mustang.
(c) A Cadillac.
(d) An empty train car.

3. What does the man in Great Poets Die in Steaming Pots of Shit think of Bukowski's employment status?
(a) He cannot understand.
(b) He gives no opinion.
(c) He praises his work at the post office.
(d) He sees it as normal.

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

5. Where does Jack Hendley arrive in Cunt and Kant and a Happy Home?
(a) Prison.
(b) The horse track.
(c) The casino.
(d) Rehabilitation.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Mary taking Mad Jimmy to court for?

2. What job does Dan Skorski quit?

3. According to the Too Sensitive narrator, what does a woman's clean kitchen mean?

4. What is the name of one of the boys who teases Mr. Sneed?

5. In Rape! Rape!, where does Bukowski follow the woman he sees?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the young boy represent in Love it or Leave it?

3. How does Mr. Sneed view death in A Dollar and 20 Cents?

4. What does Bukowski think of revolution in contrast to Maxie in A Quiet Conversation Piece?

5. Describe the character of Frank Evans in An Evil Town.

6. Describe the character of Henry Chinasky in Would You Suggest Writing as a Career?.

7. What kind of relationships does Bukowski form in My Stay in the Poet's Cottage?

8. What distinct human traits are revealed in Rape! Rape!?

9. Describe the town in An Evil Town.

10. In Cunt and Kant and a Happy Home, describe the highs and lows of Jack Hendley's horse races.

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