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 job does Dan Skorski quit?

2. In My Stay at the Poet's Cottage, how does Bukowski get to the train station?

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

4. Where is Chinasky's flight headed?

5. What is the name of Dan's friend in No Stockings?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How is the foreman in Love it or Leave it cruel?

6. What does Bukowski realize in the jail cell in No Stockings?

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

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

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

10. Describe the town in An Evil Town.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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.

Essay Topic 2

"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 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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