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. What is Bukowski beaten with in Love It or Leave It?

3. In Rape! Rape!, who does Bukowski see upon getting out of the bathroom?

4. What saves Blaine from being raped?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Duke's relationship with Lala in A .45 to Pay the Rent.

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

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

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

6. What does Bukowski say to Vera when she asks him if she is too fat in No Stockings?

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

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

9. Describe the town in An Evil Town.

10. Describe the character of Henry Chinasky in Would You Suggest Writing as a Career?.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Rape! Rape!" is a story in which human and animalistic traits run rampant. How do the characters exhibit animalistic behaviors? When does the human trait of lying appear, and how does it appear? Why does Bukowski become so confused after Vera lies? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the story.

Essay Topic 2

One recurring theme in Tales of Ordinary Men is balance between life and literature. Describe Bukowski's ideas on life and literature from at least two stories from the collection. Which is more important to him, and why? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the stories.

Essay Topic 3

"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.

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