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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 claim to be doing with Tito and Baby to the police officer?
2. How does Blanchard attempt to relieve himself of his obsession with the little girl?
3. How old is the prostitute who joins the three men in "The White Beard?"
4. What does Bukowski attempt to read during oral sex in "My Big-Assed Mother?"
5. Which of the following is not a trait shared by Bukowski and Jeff in "A Drinking Partner?"
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Madge first take Bukowski to Hollywood Park?
2. What are Henry Mason's opinions about artists?
3. What does Charlie leave Marie?
4. Why does Bukowski decide to find a better girlfriend than Madge at the end of the story?
5. What is significant about the prostitute's brother in "Trouble with a Battery?"
6. What happens to Blanchard after the attack?
7. What is significant about Andrew's conversation with his girlfriend?
8. What is significant about the condition of the stolen corpse in "The Copulating Mermaid of Venice, California" and how do Tony and Bill react to it?
9. How and why does Vasquez extend his hospitality to Lincoln and Andrew?
10. What are the logistics of Harry's plan to recover the gold from the artillery range?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What role does gambling play in Bukowski's stories? For what reasons does he view gambling as a chance to continually begin again? Why is it significant that he references betting on horses in many of his stories? How does he connect sex to gambling? How is this related to Bukowski's motivations in life? Develop a clear thesis statement around which to build this essay and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.
Essay Topic 2
Why does Bukowski write primarily about people who live on the outskirts of society? What does this suggest about his personal relationship to society? How is this reflected in stories such as "All the Great Writers" and "The Birth, Life, and Death of an Underground Newspaper?" What are some ways that Bukowski allows his writing to infuse poetry into places and people from whom it might not be ordinarily expected? How is this a reflection upon not only Bukowski's skills, but his views on society?
Essay Topic 3
Compare and contrast the characters of Danforth from "The Gut-Wringing Machine" and Von Brashlitz in "The Fuck Machine." What are their similarities? What are their differences? How do both of these character relate to the themes of dominance and power? In what ways do they abuse their power and how do people suffer for this? How is Von Brashlitz allowing Tanya to be raped and murdered a symptom of the mindset that Danforth promotes, when someone does not deserve to be treated as human? What does this suggest about Bukowski's views that those in power will destroy the world?
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