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 other distortion of truth exists, according to Bukowski in Eyes Like the Sky?

2. What does Bukowski keep betting on in Flower Horse?

3. What does Bukowski do with his phone in Notes on a Pest?

4. What is the name of Bukowski's companion at the event in Notes of a Potential Suicide?

5. Where had Bukowski planned on going after the mechanic?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is different about Beer and Poets and Talk than the other short stories in Tales of Ordinary Madness?

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

3. How do the older men contrast with the younger ones in The Big Pot Game?

4. What is ironic about Bukowski's observations in A Bad Trip?

5. Why does Bukowski not go to the race track as planned in A Rain of Women?

6. What does a pest do, according to Bukowski in Notes on the Pest?

7. What happens when Bukowski is discovered with Mary in Purple as an Iris?

8. Describe the woman in One for Walter Lowenfels.

9. What does Tina represent in One for Walter Lowenfels?

10. What does Bukowski think of current poets and comic strips in Eyes Like the Sky?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As the title indicates, "Too Sensitive" contains the theme of sensitivity. Describe the way sensitivity is displayed in the story. How does the narrator suffer from his own kind of sensitivity despite his thinking that he is not sensitive? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the story.

Essay Topic 2

"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 3

"Beer and Poets and Talk" displays Bukowski talking about literature freely, which is a rare instance in this collection of stories. What are Bukowski's thoughts on literature, and what does he think of it in comparison to reality? Why does he emphasize either literature or reality over the other? What does the arguing couple remind him of? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the story.

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