Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. In Scenes from the Big Time, which inmate serves time in the hole?
2. What profession does Benny have?
3. In the story Great Poets Die in Steaming Pots of Shit, where does Bukowski work?
4. What saves Blaine from being raped?
5. Where is Frank Evans staying in An Evil Town?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Bukowski welcome death in A Popular Man?
2. What do Bukowski's visitors take away from him in A Popular Man?
3. What kind of relationships does Bukowski form in My Stay in the Poet's Cottage?
4. Describe Duke's relationship with Lala in A .45 to Pay the Rent.
5. What is the fan's fault in thinking, according to Bukowski in Great Poets Die in Steaming Pots of Shit?
6. Describe the character of Frank Evans in An Evil Town.
7. What does the narrator say he will require of his creative writing students in Goodbye Watson?
8. Who is causing all the noise with the car horn in Night Streets of Madness, and why?
9. Describe Mr. Sneed in A Dollar and 20 Cents.
10. Why does Bukowski think that current poets and comic strips create their art the way they do?
As the title indicates, "Too Sensitive" contains the theme of sensitivity. Describe the way sensitivity is displayed in the story. How does the narrator suffer from his own kind of sensitivity despite his thinking that he is not sensitive? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the story.
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.
One recurring theme in Tales of Ordinary Men is balance between life and literature. Describe Bukowski's ideas on life and literature from at least two stories from the collection. Which is more important to him, and why? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the stories.
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