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 profession does Benny have?

2. Where did the narrator of Goodbye Watson go before he started attending horse races?

3. What job does Dan Skorski quit?

4. Where does Dan spend much of his time while at work?

5. What does the man interpret one of Bukowski's poems to be about in Great Poets Die in Steaming Pots of Shit?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Mr. Sneed in A Dollar and 20 Cents.

2. In Great Poets Die in Steaming Pots of Shit, how does Bukowski feel about his fans, and why?

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

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

5. Describe Duke's relationship with Lala in A .45 to Pay the Rent.

6. What does Bukowski realize in the jail cell in No Stockings?

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

8. What does Bukowski say to Vera when she asks him if she is too fat in No Stockings?

9. Describe the town in An Evil Town.

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

"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 2

Though all his stories are about humans, Bukowski continues to display how inhumane man can be, and "Love it or Leave it" displays the brutality of man. What acts of brutality or displayed in the story? Give at least two examples. Which act of brutality was the worst, and why? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the story.

Essay Topic 3

"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.

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