The Most Beautiful Woman in Town & Other Stories Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 spurs Bukowski to comment on the events of 1968 in "Politics is like Trying to Screw a Cat in the Ass?"

2. What is Henry Mason's occupation?

3. After he is no longer in contact with Tito and Baby, what does Bukowski claim to appreciate from their encounter?

4. What does the prostitute offer to perform for the unnamed narrator in "Trouble with a Battery," which he declines?

5. Fill in the blank: Bukowski and Madge win big on Claremount III and __________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Who are some of the famous writers discussed in "The Day We Talk About James Thurber" and why?

2. What is the fate of the president after the surgeries are completed?

3. How does Bukowski force the police to leave in "My Big-Assed Mother?"

4. Who is Ginny?

5. What are the logistics of Harry's plan to recover the gold from the artillery range?

6. What does Charlie leave Marie?

7. Describe the ironic encounter between Mason and the waiter at the end of "All the Great Writers."

8. What leads up to Bukowski never seeing Jeff again in "A Drinking Partner?"

9. How and why does Vasquez extend his hospitality to Lincoln and Andrew?

10. What is significant about the U.S.S. Pueblo?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the role of beauty in "The Most Beautiful Woman in Town." What is significant about Cass's attractiveness and her attempts to deflect from it? What is important about her attraction to Bukowski? How does Bukowski feel about Cass? How does her suicide reflect the disconnect between appreciating her looks and detesting them all at once? How is Bukowski able to reconcile his opinions on attractiveness? Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Compose an essay about Bukowski's style of writing focusing on either his dialogue, his characterizations, or his ability to evoke a certain mood in a story. Be sure to develop a strong thesis statement around which the essay will be built. Discuss the technical aspects of his style and how it informs the rest of the story, as well as his ability to write himself into his own work. Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

In what ways do many of these stories deal a person's tendency towards self-destruction? How does Bukowski cast himself in many of these roles (in particular, in "25 Bums in Rags")? What are some of the common traits of those who cannot keep their lives together? How are characters such as Cass, Vicky, and Jeff similar in this regard? How is this connected with suicide? What does this suggest about Bukowski's thoughts on his own self-destruction?

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