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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. What does Lala do while in the store with her father?
(a) Asks him many questions.
(b) Makes a scene.
(c) Runs away.
(d) Steals products.

2. In The Great Zen Wedding, what is Bukowski wearing?
(a) Shorts.
(b) A necktie.
(c) A t-shirt.
(d) A panama hat.

3. What does Mr. Sneed do by the ocean?
(a) Eats his lunch.
(b) Sits on a bench.
(c) Swims in the ocean.
(d) Socializes with friends.

4. In A Quiet Conversation Piece, who does Bukowski sit with?
(a) Maxie.
(b) Barney.
(c) Dan.
(d) Madge.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In Goodbye Watson, where does the narrator go after he wakes up?

2. In Goodbye Watson, what does the narrator say that the track teaches him?

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

4. What does Dan try to do one night while drunk?

5. Who has prevented Jack Hendley from preparing his bets in advance?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Charles Bukowski's character in Doing Time with Public Enemy No. 1.

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

4. What does Bukowski realize in the jail cell in No Stockings?

5. What do Bukowski and Maxie leave the conversation with in A Quiet Conversation Piece?

6. In Great Poets Die in Steaming Pots of Shit, how does Bukowski feel about his fans, and why?

7. What does Bukowski say to Vera when she asks him if she is too fat in No Stockings?

8. Describe the town in An Evil Town.

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

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

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