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 is the name of the woman that Bukowski has relations with in Purple as an Iris?

2. Where do Bukowski and the woman go one day in Purple as an Iris?

3. In Beer and Poets and Talk, what does Bukowski think of the poets?

4. In Note of a Potential Suicide, what event does Bukowksi remember attending as a boy?

5. According to Bukowski, in Notes on the Pest, what does a pest do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Symbolism can be found throughout Tales of Ordinary Madness. Choose two different stories to describe symbols from. What do those symbols you chose represent? How do they contrast in comparison to their surroundings? 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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