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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 emotion does Bukowski feel within himself in A Rain of Women?
2. What does Bukowski think of comic strips upon reading them?
3. In The Blanket, how has Bukowski been sleeping?
4. How does Bukowski discover what he does in A Bad Trip?
5. Where does the woman take her daughter in One for Walter Lowenfels?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does the first woman in A Rain of Women remind Bukowski of?
2. What does Bukowski hallucinate, and what is it associated with in The Blanket?
3. What does Bukowski think of citizens today in A Bad Trip?
4. Why does Bukowski usually avoid talking about literature, and what reminds him of of this in Beer and Poets and Talk?
5. What happens at the end of the Flower Horse?
6. How does Bukowski feel next to Jim in I Shot a Man in Reno?
7. What does Tina represent in One for Walter Lowenfels?
8. What is ironic about Bukowski's observations in A Bad Trip?
9. What does Carol do for Gordon to help him in Animal Crackers in My Soup?
10. What does a pest do, according to Bukowski in Notes on the Pest?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
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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