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 Frank do when he is back in his room?

2. What saves Blaine from being raped?

3. What does Duke do at night?

4. What does the man in Great Poets Die in Steaming Pots of Shit think of Bukowski's employment status?

5. Who does Chinasky avoid at a party?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In My Stay in the Poet's Cottage, how does Bukowski reply to the editor who is shocked at his walking in the stifling heat rather than wait for the bus?

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

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

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

7. What is Bukowski's primal desire in Rape! Rape!, and how does he reveal it?

8. What is Harry driven by in Reunion?

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

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

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

Many different ideas and themes are connected in Tales of Ordinary Madness, but "Notes of a Potential Suicide" reveals connections that are more obvious. What connections are revealed in the story? How is the symphony connected to the Air Show event? What makes them memorable or important for Bukowski? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the story.

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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