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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 friend does Bukowski visit in I shot a man in Reno?
2. What did Bukowski witness at the event that he attended as a young boy?
3. How does Bukowski die in A Popular Man?
4. What is Bukowski's current delusion in The Blanket?
5. What kind of music does Bukowski think about in Notes of a Potential Suicide?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Bukowski think that current poets and comic strips create their art the way they do?
2. Why does Bukowski welcome death in A Popular Man?
3. What else does Bukowski realize about himself when he sees Luke in I Shot a Man in Reno?
4. What does Bukowski think of current poets and comic strips in Eyes Like the Sky?
5. What is Bukowski's idea of justness in his society?
6. What does Bukowski think of people's taste in music?
7. What does Tina represent in One for Walter Lowenfels?
8. Why does Bukowski cry after burning the blanket in The Blanket?
9. Describe the woman in One for Walter Lowenfels.
10. What is different about Beer and Poets and Talk than the other short stories in Tales of Ordinary Madness?
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
"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 3
"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.
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