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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. According to Bukowski, when is the only time one should bet on a closer during a horse race?

2. Which of the following does Bukowski not have sex with in "3 Women?"

3. At what holiday party does Henry meet Sarah in "Six Inches?"

4. While publishing the story about Bukowski's search for Gloria Westhaven, what is the mode of transportation changed to for purposes of classing up the story?

5. What sight depresses Bukowski the morning after his drunken bender in "Ten Jack-offs?"

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the conditions of the charity ward?

2. Why is Cass drawn to Bukowski?

3. How does Henry survive after killing Sarah with a hat pin?

4. What are the "3 Chickens" and what purpose do they serve in this story?

5. Describe Cass and Bukowski's first night together.

6. Who is Kid Stardust and what is his purpose?

7. How does Bukowski find Gloria Westhaven?

8. Why do Sanchez and Kaakaa take Bukowski in during "Ten Jack-offs?"

9. In "Twelve Flying Monkeys Who Won't Copulate Properly," what conclusions does Bukowski draw about his lifestyle as a writer?

10. Describe the events that lead up to Tanya's demise.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the depictions of artists and their work in Bukowski's stories in the following format:

Part 1) Andre's success and Bukowski's envy.

Part 2) Crazy Jack and Borst.

Part 3) Mason's opinions on artists, including Bukowski.

Part 4) The writer's block.

Part 5) Sanchez's photography and writing.

Develop a clear thesis statement and specific examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Bukowski's fixation on bodily functions in the following format:

Part 1) Sex with many different partners.

Part 2) His anal fixation.

Part 3) The effects of long-term whiskey consumption.

Part 4) Sarah's use of Henry from "Six Inches."

Part 5) The premature aging of the hard-living.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the role of fantasy in the stories by Bukowski in the following format:

Part 1) Bukowski's method of dealing with the meat-packing plant.

Part 2) Tony and Bill's feelings about their stolen body.

Part 3) Blanchard's obsession with the little girl.

Part 4) The narrator's sexual encounter with the prostitute in "Trouble with a Battery."

Part 5) Bukowski's attempts to write in "Twelve Flying Monkeys Who Won't Copulate Properly."

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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