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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 the man in Great Poets Die in Steaming Pots of Shit think of Bukowski's employment status?
2. Where did the narrator of Goodbye Watson go before he started attending horse races?
3. What does Dan say about Bukowski's writing in No Stockings?
4. In the story Great Poets Die in Steaming Pots of Shit, where does Bukowski work?
5. What does Dan try to do one night while drunk?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does the young boy represent in Love it or Leave it?
2. Describe the character of Frank Evans in An Evil Town.
3. Describe Duke's relationship with Lala in A .45 to Pay the Rent.
4. Describe the town in An Evil Town.
5. Describe the character of Henry Chinasky in Would You Suggest Writing as a Career?.
6. Describe the moral code of prison in Scenes from the Big Time.
7. What does Bukowski say to Vera when she asks him if she is too fat in No Stockings?
8. Describe the character of Signo in The Stupid Christs.
9. Describe Mr. Sneed in A Dollar and 20 Cents.
10. What does Bukowski realize in the jail cell in No Stockings?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
"A Dollar and 20 Cents" displays a different side of Bukowski with the character being an old, weary man who is too weak to continue living in the world. Why does he feel he cannot continue in the world, and why does he welcome death? Compare and contrast the old man with the young people he conversed with early on in the story. 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
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.
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