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. Where does Dan go rather than going home?

2. What saves Blaine from being raped?

3. What is Mad Jimmy wearing?

4. Who has prevented Jack Hendley from preparing his bets in advance?

5. What kind of writer is Henry Chinasky?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Signo fire Skorski in The Stupid Christs?

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

5. Describe the character of Henry Chinasky in Would You Suggest Writing as a Career?.

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

7. Describe the character of Signo in The Stupid Christs.

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

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

10. What does the young boy represent in Love it or Leave it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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 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

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.

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