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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 Danforth allow Bagley to do to him while in the car?

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

3. What does the narrator do with the sex model Von Brashlitz sends him at the end of the story?

4. For how long does Bukowski leave town in "The Most Beautiful Woman in Town?"

5. What is mandatory in Bukowski's story about the twelve flying monkeys?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Bukowski's relationship with Vicki.

2. Of what is Henry warned and how are these warnings dismissed in "Six Inches?"

3. What are some of Sanchez's hobbies and talents in "Ten Jack-offs?"

4. Why does Cass self-mutilate?

5. Why is Cass drawn to Bukowski?

6. Describe operations at Joe and Cherry's newspaper.

7. Who is Kathy and what is her relationship to Bukowski?

8. Why does Bukowski throw away the newspaper clippings at the end of "Life in a Texas Whorehouse?"

9. What are Bukowski's feelings about the women at the race track in "Non-Horseshit Horse Advice; and Another Horse Story?"

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the themes of life and death in Bukowski's stories in the following format:

Part 1) Cass's suicide.

Part 2) Harry and his cigarettes.

Part 3) Tanya's "death."

Part 4) The body in "The Copulating Mermaid of Venice, California."

Part 5) The fates of Tito and Baby.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

How does Bukowski depict his different lovers throughout his stories? In what ways does he differentiate between his casual flings and those for whom he has true feelings? What does this suggest about his relationship to sex? What is significant about Bukowski portraying himself as being in an abusive relationship with Vicki in "3 Chickens?" How does this contrast with his loving sacrifice of a relationship with Marie in "A Lovely Love Affair?"

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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