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 author does the narrator name in describing something about himself in Goodbye Watson?

2. Where is Chinasky's flight headed?

3. How much money does Harry owe the mechanic?

4. What does Bukowski argue about the human toll of his friend's suggestion?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Describe the town in An Evil Town.

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

8. 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?

9. What does the narrator say he will require of his creative writing students in Goodbye Watson?

10. Describe the moral code of prison in Scenes from the Big Time.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Animal Crackers in My Soup" has an abrupt and somewhat unusual conclusion. What happens in the conclusion? What does the baby represent? Why does the story end the way it does? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the story.

Essay Topic 2

"Would You Suggest Writing as a Career?" and "The Great Zen Wedding" both contain characters who have an unusual view towards women. Describe the main characters' views of women from both stories. How do you explain the violent attitude toward women in both stories? What does each character hope to achieve by gaining control over women? What do you make of the women's responses to his overtures? 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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