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. In A Popular Man, who does a man tell Bukowski that his wife has been having an affair with?

2. What is the name of the song that Bukowski is listening to in I Shot a Man in Reno?

3. When does one particular pest call Bukowski?

4. What does Bukowski say about acid and the item in conjunction with it?

5. What happens when the men and women's wards mix in Purple as an Iris?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why does Bukowski not go to the race track as planned in A Rain of Women?

8. How do the boys disrespect the memories of the hepcats in The Big Pot Game?

9. What does Bukowski think of citizens today in A Bad Trip?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Eyes Like the Sky" serves as something of a rant for Bukowski, and he complains about the state of comic strips and poets today. Describe what Bukowski thinks of current poetry and comic strips. Why does he have this opinion on these mediums? What does he see for the future of these mediums? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the story.

Essay Topic 2

"Animal Crackers in My Soup" has an abrupt and somewhat unusual conclusion. What happens in the conclusion? What does the baby represent? Why does the story end the way it does? 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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