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 friend does Bukowski visit in I shot a man in Reno?

2. What does the woman that Bukowski approaches in I Shot a Man in Reno pull out?

3. Which animal does Gordon catch Carol with first?

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

5. What does Bukowski hear through the wall in Beer and Poets and Talk?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Bukowski cry after burning the blanket in The Blanket?

2. Why does Bukowski usually avoid talking about literature, and what reminds him of of this in Beer and Poets and Talk?

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

4. What does Bukowski think of sex in Purple as an Iris?

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

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

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

10. What does the murder of Carol's zoo in Animal Crackers in My Soup represent?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Though all his stories are about humans, Bukowski continues to display how inhumane man can be, and "Love it or Leave it" displays the brutality of man. What acts of brutality or displayed in the story? Give at least two examples. Which act of brutality was the worst, and why? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the story.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

"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.

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