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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 does Mr. Sneed do by the ocean?
3. What does Mr. Sneed believe there is no shame in?
4. In Goodbye Watson, where does the narrator go after he wakes up?
5. What does the desk clerk tell Frank?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the town in An Evil Town.
2. Why does Bukowski think that current poets and comic strips create their art the way they do?
3. What does Bukowski think of revolution in contrast to Maxie in A Quiet Conversation Piece?
4. How do the older men contrast with the younger ones in The Big Pot Game?
5. How does the boyfriend choose to interpret his girlfriend's insult in Too Sensitive?
6. What do Bukowski and Maxie leave the conversation with in A Quiet Conversation Piece?
7. What is different about Beer and Poets and Talk than the other short stories in Tales of Ordinary Madness?
8. What is Harry driven by in Reunion?
9. What does Bukowski think of sex in Purple as an Iris?
10. How do the boys disrespect the memories of the hepcats in The Big Pot Game?
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
Symbolism can be found throughout Tales of Ordinary Madness. Choose two different stories to describe symbols from. What do those symbols you chose represent? How do they contrast in comparison to their surroundings? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the stories.
Essay Topic 3
"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.
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