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

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

3. According to the narrator in Too Sensitive, what does a man's clean kitchen mean?
(a) He is responsible.
(b) He is a clean and organized person.
(c) He is dull and conditioned.
(d) It means nothing.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Duke do at night?

2. How much money does Harry owe the mechanic?

3. Why does the girlfriend scoff at the narrator's offer in Too Sensitive?

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

5. In Scenes from the Big Time, which inmate serves time in the hole?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the fan's fault in thinking, according to Bukowski in Great Poets Die in Steaming Pots of Shit?

5. Describe the town in An Evil Town.

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

7. Describe Duke's relationship with Lala in A .45 to Pay the Rent.

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

9. What does the narrator say he will require of his creative writing students in Goodbye Watson?

10. Why does Signo fire Skorski in The Stupid Christs?

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