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 Duke do at night?

2. What does the desk clerk tell Frank?

3. What are the other men like on the train in Love it or Leave it?

4. What does the narrator offer to his girlfriend in Too Sensitive?

5. Who does Chinasky avoid at a party?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How is the foreman in Love it or Leave it cruel?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Animal Crackers in My Soup" has an abrupt and somewhat unusual conclusion. What happens in the conclusion? What does the baby represent? Why does the story end the way it does? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the story.

Essay Topic 2

"Would You Suggest Writing as a Career?" and "The Great Zen Wedding" both contain characters who have an unusual view towards women. Describe the main characters' views of women from both stories. How do you explain the violent attitude toward women in both stories? What does each character hope to achieve by gaining control over women? What do you make of the women's responses to his overtures? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the stories.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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