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 happens to Carol's animals one day?

2. What is acid's virtue, according to Bukowski?

3. What does Bukowski think the young men in The Big Pot Game do with the language they copy?

4. What emotions does Bukowski think a good poet should inspire, as described in Eyes Like the Sky?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Bukowski's obsession with death and sex show up in Notes of a Potential Suicide?

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

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

5. Why does Bukowski think that current poets and comic strips create their art the way they do?

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

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

8. Describe the woman in One for Walter Lowenfels.

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

10. What does the first woman in A Rain of Women remind Bukowski of?

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

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 3

Insanity is a theme that runs throughout many stories in Tales of Ordinary Madness, but it is especially prominent in "Night Streets of Madness." How is insanity displayed in this story? Give at least two examples. What does Bukowski think of these insane actions? Which act of insanity is the worst in Bukwoski's opinion? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the story.

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