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. 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?
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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.
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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