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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. About whom does Bukowski speak when he is with Wendy?
2. How does the U.S. government try to keep the American public from growing angry about the accidental contamination in "Politics is like Trying to Screw a Cat in the Ass?"
3. Off the coast of what country does one of the U.S. government's bombs split open?
4. How does Ramon Vasquez die?
5. Who stars in the movie that the narrator of "Trouble with a Battery" tries to discuss with the prostitute?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Tito and Baby.
2. What does Charlie leave Marie?
3. What is significant about the prostitute's brother in "Trouble with a Battery?"
4. What are the logistics of Harry's plan to recover the gold from the artillery range?
5. What is significant about the U.S.S. Pueblo?
6. How does Bukowski force the police to leave in "My Big-Assed Mother?"
7. How and why does Vasquez extend his hospitality to Lincoln and Andrew?
8. Who are some of the famous writers discussed in "The Day We Talk About James Thurber" and why?
9. What leads up to Bukowski never seeing Jeff again in "A Drinking Partner?"
10. Describe some of the preparations taken before the conspiracy to replace the President's brain and larynx with Hitler's own body parts.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Compose a brief essay about violence in Bukowski's stories. Be sure to develop a clear thesis statement and cite specific examples from the text to support your arguments. Consider, in particular, how Bukowski feels about violence (stories that are helpful in this regard include "A Drinking Partner" and "3 Chickens"). How do his other characters deal with violence? What statement is Bukowski attempting to make? Stories that contain violence include (but not exclusively) "The Fiend," "The Murder of Ramon Vasquez," "The Fuck Machine," and "The White Beard." Feel free to draw comparisons from other stories that may not feature violence prominently, but deal with Bukowski's themes on violence in society.
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the objectification of women in Bukowski's stories in the following format:
Part 1) Cass from "The Most Beautiful Woman in Town."
Part 2) Tanya from "The Fuck Machine."
Part 3) The body from "The Copulating Mermaid of Venice, California."
Part 4) The prostitute from "Trouble with a Battery."
Part 5) The prostitute from "The White Beard."
Develop a strong thesis statement and cite specific examples from the text.
Essay Topic 3
What are Bukowski's opinions on politics and world events? How is this related to his views of the world and society (particularly his statement at the beginning of "The Murder of Ramon Vasquez")? What does he believe about the world leaders and the people who follow them? What is significant about him depicting a world in which Hitler could take power again and no one would notice? How is this related to his beliefs in how he needs to live his own life?
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