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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 is Bukowski beaten with in Love It or Leave It?
2. What job does Dan Skorski quit?
3. In Goodbye Watson, what does the narrator say that the track teaches him?
4. What does Mr. Sneed believe there is no shame in?
5. Where is the railroad crew that Bukowski signs up for in Love it or Leave it?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the girlfriend insult her boyfriend in Too Sensitive?
2. What kind of relationships does Bukowski form in My Stay in the Poet's Cottage?
3. What is the fan's fault in thinking, according to Bukowski in Great Poets Die in Steaming Pots of Shit?
4. How do pain and violence play a role in Nut Ward East of Hollywood?
5. In Great Poets Die in Steaming Pots of Shit, how does Bukowski feel about his fans, and why?
6. What does Bukowski think of revolution in contrast to Maxie in A Quiet Conversation Piece?
7. In Cunt and Kant and a Happy Home, describe the highs and lows of Jack Hendley's horse races.
8. Describe the moral code of prison in Scenes from the Big Time.
9. What does the narrator say he will require of his creative writing students in Goodbye Watson?
10. What do Bukowski and Maxie leave the conversation with in A Quiet Conversation Piece?
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
In "I Shot a Man in Reno," runs into several people that cause him to be very self-critical. Why is Bukowski so self-critical? How do his own ideas of himself contrast with the ideas others have of him? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the story.
Essay Topic 3
"The Stupid Christs" is one of a few short stories in the collection that has a discernible beginning, middle, and end that make up the plot. What kind of progress does Dan make through the plot of the story? What changes, and what doesn't change? What themes are associated with each section of the plot (beginning, middle, and end)? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the story.
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