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. Who does the woman sleep with first in I Shot a Man in Reno?

2. What does Bukowski's final visitor give him?

3. In Notes on the Pest, what does a pest talk to Bukowski about at the diner?

4. What does the neighbor in The Blanket do to the blanket?

5. Where does Bukowski find the ticket that he thought he lost in Flower Horse?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What else does Bukowski realize about himself when he sees Luke in I Shot a Man in Reno?

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

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

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

6. Describe the woman in One for Walter Lowenfels.

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

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

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

10. Why is the idea that every man can be a pest scary in Notes on the Pest?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"The Stupid Christs" is one of a few short stories in the collection that has a discernible beginning, middle, and end that make up the plot. What kind of progress does Dan make through the plot of the story? What changes, and what doesn't change? What themes are associated with each section of the plot (beginning, middle, and end)? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the story.

Essay Topic 2

Many stories in "Tales of Ordinary Madness" involve a serious addiction to gambling. Using at least two stories as examples, describe how gambling play a role in the main characters' lives. Describe the cycle of addiction. How does gambling affect the characters' lives? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the stories.

Essay Topic 3

"Eyes Like the Sky" serves as something of a rant for Bukowski, and he complains about the state of comic strips and poets today. Describe what Bukowski thinks of current poetry and comic strips. Why does he have this opinion on these mediums? What does he see for the future of these mediums? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the story.

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