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

"Reunion" and "Cunt and Kant and a Happy Home" both contain characters with an addiction--one has an addiction to alcohol, while the other has a gambling addiction. How do each characters' addiction affect their life? Does it affect anyone around them, and if so, how? Describe the cycle of addiction as seen in the stories. Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the stories.

Essay Topic 2

Symbolism can be found throughout Tales of Ordinary Madness. Choose two different stories to describe symbols from. What do those symbols you chose represent? How do they contrast in comparison to their surroundings? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the stories.

Essay Topic 3

"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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