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. In Night Streets of Madness, where do Bukowski and the young poet sit?

2. Who is Bukowski's final visitor in A Popular Man?

3. In Flower Horse, what does Bukowski observe on the racetrack coupled with frivolity?

4. Where does Bukowski go after the mechanic?

5. What does LSD do to a user's reality, according to Bukowski?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens at the end of the Flower Horse?

3. In Flower Horse, what do the track and gambling represent?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

"Scenes from the Big Time" and "Nut Ward East of Hollywood" are both two very different stories that still share some similar themes. How do the characters from both stories exhibit animalistic behaviors? Which one is worse? How do you explain their behaviors, and do the characters know how much they exhibit the behavior and actions of animals? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the stories.

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