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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. Where is Chinasky's flight headed?
2. What does Mr. Sneed do with the food Mrs. Connors brings him?
3. What job does Dan Skorski quit?
4. In The Great Zen Wedding, what is Bukowski wearing?
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 the moral code of prison in Scenes from the Big Time.
2. What is Bukowski's idea of justness in his society?
3. How does Bukowski's obsession with death and sex show up in Notes of a Potential Suicide?
4. How does Bukowksi obey social conventions when attending the wedding in The Great Zen Wedding?
5. What do Bukowski's visitors take away from him in A Popular Man?
6. What does Tina represent in One for Walter Lowenfels?
7. How do the boys disrespect the memories of the hepcats in The Big Pot Game?
8. Describe the character of Henry Chinasky in Would You Suggest Writing as a Career?.
9. How is the foreman in Love it or Leave it cruel?
10. What does Bukowski realize in the jail cell in No Stockings?
Essay Topic 1
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 2
"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.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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