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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. When Chinaski finds out he will have to live alone in "Rift," what does he feel?
(a) He feels angry.
(b) He feels very alone.
(c) He feels that he can easily find somebody else.
(d) He does not feel at all alone.

2. What is the name of the chemistry teacher who molested Chinaski's friend?
(a) Mr. Heston.
(b) Mr. Harold.
(c) Mr. Hunn.
(d) Mr. Harpin.

3. In "Supposedly Famous," Chinaski takes stock of __________.
(a) His wife's life.
(b) His knowledge.
(c) His life.
(d) His family.

4. What is the second thing the man Chinaski tries to help drops?
(a) His medication.
(b) His cane.
(c) His paperwork.
(d) His hearing aid.

5. What kind of women does "Poor Al" date?
(a) Sad women.
(b) Crazy women.
(c) Absent women.
(d) Stupid women.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who has an ironic death in Bukowski's work?

2. Saroyan flees from the United States to _________.

3. When the thief in the boarding house tries to rob Chinaski, how does he get back at him?

4. In "Starting Fast," where does Chinaski sleep?

5. In "Glenn Miller," Chinaski recalls what kind of shop?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Chinaski view criticism in a dismissive manner?

2. What metaphor does Chinaski use to symbolize modern America?

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

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

5. Describe the message of "For the Concerned."

6. Describe the overall tone and themes of the poems in Bukowski's book.

7. What recurring motif is made most apparent in "Rift"?

8. Describe Chinaski's feelings for John Fante.

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

10. Which poems best reflect Chinaski's connection to generations of artists preceding him and why?

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