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 song that Bukowski is listening to in I Shot a Man in Reno?

2. What is the name of the orangutan in Animal Crackers in My Soup?

3. In One for Walter Lowenfels, where does the man's daughter need to go today?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Bukowski welcome death in A Popular Man?

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

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

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

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

9. What does Bukowski think of people's taste in music?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"An Evil Town" displays many acts of filth or "evil" with one seemingly righteous character seeing it all. Does Frank Evans turn out to be as righteous as he seems? Why or why not? Which act of hypocrisy is the strongest? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the story.

Essay Topic 2

"Reunion" and "Cunt and Kant and a Happy Home" both contain characters with an addiction--one has an addiction to alcohol, while the other has a gambling addiction. How do each characters' addiction affect their life? Does it affect anyone around them, and if so, how? Describe the cycle of addiction as seen in the stories. Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the stories.

Essay Topic 3

"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.

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