Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is the name of Bukowski's friend who shares a woman with him in the beginning of No Stockings?
2. What does Bukowski give the fat woman's son in Rape! Rape!?
3. What does the desk clerk tell Frank?
4. In A Quiet Conversation Piece, who does Bukowski sit with?
5. What does Dan try to do one night while drunk?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Bukowski not go to the race track as planned in A Rain of Women?
2. In Flower Horse, what do the track and gambling represent?
3. How do the older men contrast with the younger ones in The Big Pot Game?
4. What do Bukowski and Maxie leave the conversation with in A Quiet Conversation Piece?
5. What does Bukowski think of citizens today in A Bad Trip?
6. What does Bukowski hallucinate, and what is it associated with in The Blanket?
7. What does the narrator say he will require of his creative writing students in Goodbye Watson?
8. Why does Signo fire Skorski in The Stupid Christs?
9. What does Bukowski think of current poets and comic strips in Eyes Like the Sky?
10. Describe the character of Henry Chinasky in Would You Suggest Writing as a Career?.
Many different ideas and themes are connected in Tales of Ordinary Madness, but "Notes of a Potential Suicide" reveals connections that are more obvious. What connections are revealed in the story? How is the symphony connected to the Air Show event? What makes them memorable or important for Bukowski? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the story.
"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.
"A Dollar and 20 Cents" displays a different side of Bukowski with the character being an old, weary man who is too weak to continue living in the world. Why does he feel he cannot continue in the world, and why does he welcome death? Compare and contrast the old man with the young people he conversed with early on in the story. Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the story.
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