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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Chinaski, how long did it take him to become the best drunk in the neighborhood?
(a) Ten years.
(b) Two years.
(c) Eighteen years.
(d) Fifteen years.

2. In "The Master Plan," where does Chinaski survive a harsh winter?
(a) Miami.
(b) Philadelphia.
(c) Los Angeles.
(d) New York.

3. In "Rift," who gets mad at Chinaski?
(a) His roommate.
(b) The woman he lives with.
(c) His brother.
(d) His father.

4. Where is the hotel room in "A Good Time"?
(a) Miami.
(b) Las Vegas.
(c) Los Angeles.
(d) New York.

5. Who has an ironic death in Bukowski's work?
(a) Chinaski's father.
(b) The man in the red Mercedes.
(c) Chinaski.
(d) Chinaski's uncle.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "The Stride," how old does Chinaski recall being?

2. How old was Chinaski when he took a trip to Tijuana?

3. According to Chinaski, all rage and destructiveness is transformed into which of the following?

4. What is the name of the thief who lives in a boarding house in "Bad Times at the 3rd and Vermont Hotel"?

5. In which poem does Chinaski struggle with writer's block?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the role of loss in Bukowski's poetry.

2. How is Chinaski portrayed in "Zero"?

3. Describe Chinaski's father and his perception of him.

4. What is the poem "Shoes" about?

5. What type of conflict does "Red Mercedes" describe?

6. Describe the events of the poem "Stride."

7. In his poems, Bukowski acknowledges that all people have what, and why?

8. What does Chinaski point out in "Termites of the Page"?

9. How does Chinaski feel about Joe O'Brien, and how does he react to his death?

10. What does "The Master Plan" reveal about Chinaski?

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