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 does Bukowski think of comic strips upon reading them?

2. What is the name of Bukowski's neighbor in The Blanket?

3. In One for Walter Lowenfels, what does the woman believe in?

4. Who is Bukowski's final visitor in A Popular Man?

5. What does Bukowski think comic strips have become?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What is different about Beer and Poets and Talk than the other short stories in Tales of Ordinary Madness?

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

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

9. How does Bukowski feel next to Jim in I Shot a Man in Reno?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

In "I Shot a Man in Reno," runs into several people that cause him to be very self-critical. Why is Bukowski so self-critical? How do his own ideas of himself contrast with the ideas others have of him? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the story.

Essay Topic 3

"Rape! Rape!" is a story in which human and animalistic traits run rampant. How do the characters exhibit animalistic behaviors? When does the human trait of lying appear, and how does it appear? Why does Bukowski become so confused after Vera lies? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the story.

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