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. Why does Bukowski take his car to the mechanic in A Rain of Women?

2. In Night Streets of Madness, who does Bukowski think about having a conversation with?

3. What do the two young men reply to Bukowski when he asks for a cigarette in The Big Pot Game?

4. What does Bukowski say about acid and the item in conjunction with it?

5. What kind of friends does Bukowski have in Beer and Poets and Talk?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why does Bukowski welcome death in A Popular Man?

10. What is Bukowski's idea of justness in his society?

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

"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

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.

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