Tales of Ordinary Madness Test | Final 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 does Gordon approach a house for in Animal Crackers in My Soup?

2. In Animal Crackers In My Soup, where has Carol spent time before?

3. When does one particular pest call Bukowski?

4. In Purple as an Iris, what does Bukowski sell?

5. Which animal does Gordon catch Carol with first?

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

4. What does Bukowski think of citizens today in A Bad Trip?

5. How does Bukowski feel next to Jim in I Shot a Man in Reno?

6. What does Carol do for Gordon to help him in Animal Crackers in My Soup?

7. What does Bukowski hallucinate, and what is it associated with in The Blanket?

8. How do the boys disrespect the memories of the hepcats in The Big Pot Game?

9. What does Bukowski think of sex in Purple as an Iris?

10. What does the murder of Carol's zoo in Animal Crackers in My Soup represent?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Insanity is a theme that runs throughout many stories in Tales of Ordinary Madness, but it is especially prominent in "Night Streets of Madness." How is insanity displayed in this story? Give at least two examples. What does Bukowski think of these insane actions? Which act of insanity is the worst in Bukwoski's opinion? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the story.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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