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 saves Blaine from being raped?

2. What does Mr. Sneed believe there is no shame in?

3. What job does Dan Skorski quit?

4. What does Bukowski realize he is missing in jail?

5. How does Bukowski feel after being charged with rape?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Bukowksi obey social conventions when attending the wedding in The Great Zen Wedding?

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

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

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

5. In Cunt and Kant and a Happy Home, describe the highs and lows of Jack Hendley's horse races.

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

7. How does Mr. Sneed view death in A Dollar and 20 Cents?

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

9. How do pain and violence play a role in Nut Ward East of Hollywood?

10. Describe the character of Frank Evans in An Evil Town.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Beer and Poets and Talk" displays Bukowski talking about literature freely, which is a rare instance in this collection of stories. What are Bukowski's thoughts on literature, and what does he think of it in comparison to reality? Why does he emphasize either literature or reality over the other? What does the arguing couple remind him of? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the story.

Essay Topic 2

"Eyes Like the Sky" serves as something of a rant for Bukowski, and he complains about the state of comic strips and poets today. Describe what Bukowski thinks of current poetry and comic strips. Why does he have this opinion on these mediums? What does he see for the future of these mediums? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the story.

Essay Topic 3

"Scenes from the Big Time" and "Nut Ward East of Hollywood" are both two very different stories that still share some similar themes. How do the characters from both stories exhibit animalistic behaviors? Which one is worse? How do you explain their behaviors, and do the characters know how much they exhibit the behavior and actions of animals? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the stories.

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