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 Bukowski argue about the human toll of his friend's suggestion?

2. In Love it or Leave It, what does Bukowski find to sleep in?

3. Why is Bukowski incarcerated in Doing Time with Public Enemy No. 1?

4. What author does the narrator name in describing something about himself in Goodbye Watson?

5. What state is Bukowski in during the summer in My Stay at the Poet's Cottage?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does the narrator of Goodbye Watson think about literature?

8. How do pain and violence play a role in Nut Ward East of Hollywood?

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

10. How does the girlfriend insult her boyfriend in Too Sensitive?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many stories in "Tales of Ordinary Madness" involve a serious addiction to gambling. Using at least two stories as examples, describe how gambling play a role in the main characters' lives. Describe the cycle of addiction. How does gambling affect the characters' lives? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the stories.

Essay Topic 2

"Notes on the Pest" focuses mainly on Bukowski's fans and his relationship with them. How would you describe his relationship with his fans, and how do you think his fans would describe it? You may use examples or evidence from other stories that describe his relationship with his fans.

Essay Topic 3

"Scenes from the Big Time" and "Nut Ward East of Hollywood" are both two very different stories that still share some similar themes. How do the characters from both stories exhibit animalistic behaviors? Which one is worse? How do you explain their behaviors, and do the characters know how much they exhibit the behavior and actions of animals? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the stories.

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