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 notice on his hands at the end of The Blanket?

2. In I shot a man in Reno, how long is Bukowski hired for his job?

3. What kind of friends does Bukowski have in Beer and Poets and Talk?

4. In One for Walter Lowenfels, who likes the woman's poems?

5. How does the boy respond to the old man in Night Streets of Madness?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Tina represent in One for Walter Lowenfels?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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 2

"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.

Essay Topic 3

One recurring theme in Tales of Ordinary Men is balance between life and literature. Describe Bukowski's ideas on life and literature from at least two stories from the collection. Which is more important to him, and why? Make sure you answer each question with evidence and support from the stories.

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