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. Who does Chinasky avoid at a party?

2. According to the Too Sensitive narrator, what does a woman's clean kitchen mean?

3. In A Quiet Conversation Piece, who does Bukowski sit with?

4. In My Stay at the Poet's Cottage, how does Bukowski get to the train station?

5. According to the narrator in Too Sensitive, what does a man's clean kitchen mean?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the fan's fault in thinking, according to Bukowski in Great Poets Die in Steaming Pots of Shit?

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

4. Describe the town in An Evil Town.

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

6. What do Bukowski and Maxie leave the conversation with in A Quiet Conversation Piece?

7. Describe the character of Signo in The Stupid Christs.

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

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

10. What does Bukowski think of revolution in contrast to Maxie in A Quiet Conversation Piece?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

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

"An Evil Town" displays many acts of filth or "evil" with one seemingly righteous character seeing it all. Does Frank Evans turn out to be as righteous as he seems? Why or why not? Which act of hypocrisy is the strongest? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the story.

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