Tales of Ordinary Madness Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the beautiful woman in Rape! Rape!?

2. What does Bukowski buy with his food coupons in Love it or Leave it?

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

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

5. What is Mad Jimmy wearing?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the boyfriend choose to interpret his girlfriend's insult in Too Sensitive?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Symbolism can be found throughout Tales of Ordinary Madness. Choose two different stories to describe symbols from. What do those symbols you chose represent? How do they contrast in comparison to their surroundings? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the stories.

Essay Topic 2

In Tales or Ordinary Madness, "A .45 to Pay the Rent" and "Doing Time with Public Enemy No. 1" are two different stories about men in some kind of prison. How is Bukowski different from Duke, personality-wise? How do they deal with their different trials in life, and who do you think handles their "imprisonment" better? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the stories.

Essay Topic 3

"Would You Suggest Writing as a Career?" and "The Great Zen Wedding" both contain characters who have an unusual view towards women. Describe the main characters' views of women from both stories. How do you explain the violent attitude toward women in both stories? What does each character hope to achieve by gaining control over women? What do you make of the women's responses to his overtures? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the stories.

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