Tales of Ordinary Madness Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. In Scenes from the Big Time, which inmate serves time in the hole?

2. What profession does Benny have?

3. In the story Great Poets Die in Steaming Pots of Shit, where does Bukowski work?

4. What saves Blaine from being raped?

5. Where is Frank Evans staying in An Evil Town?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Bukowski welcome death in A Popular Man?

2. What do Bukowski's visitors take away from him in A Popular Man?

3. What kind of relationships does Bukowski form in My Stay in the Poet's Cottage?

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

5. What is the fan's fault in thinking, according to Bukowski in Great Poets Die in Steaming Pots of Shit?

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

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

8. Who is causing all the noise with the car horn in Night Streets of Madness, and why?

9. Describe Mr. Sneed in A Dollar and 20 Cents.

10. Why does Bukowski think that current poets and comic strips create their art the way they do?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

"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.

Essay Topic 2

"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 3

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.

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