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 does Mr. Sneed believe there is no shame in?

2. How does Bukowski feel after being charged with rape?

3. Who does Chinasky avoid at a party?

4. Who does Bukowski drink heavily with prior to the Great Zen Wedding ceremony?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many different ideas and themes are connected in Tales of Ordinary Madness, but "Notes of a Potential Suicide" reveals connections that are more obvious. What connections are revealed in the story? How is the symphony connected to the Air Show event? What makes them memorable or important for Bukowski? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the story.

Essay Topic 2

"Reunion" and "Cunt and Kant and a Happy Home" both contain characters with an addiction--one has an addiction to alcohol, while the other has a gambling addiction. How do each characters' addiction affect their life? Does it affect anyone around them, and if so, how? Describe the cycle of addiction as seen in the stories. Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the stories.

Essay Topic 3

"Rape! Rape!" is a story in which human and animalistic traits run rampant. How do the characters exhibit animalistic behaviors? When does the human trait of lying appear, and how does it appear? Why does Bukowski become so confused after Vera lies? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the story.

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