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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. Which is Bukowski's essential argument in "Fractional Note"?
(a) There are no certainties.
(b) There is no reason for faith.
(c) The real world does not exist.
(d) Love does not exist.

2. In "Hard Times," Chinaski sees the men who ___________.
(a) Raked his leaves.
(b) Painted his house.
(c) Fixed his car.
(d) Ran errands for him.

3. In "Help Wanted," what does Chinaski recall doing?
(a) Reading.
(b) Drinking.
(c) Writing.
(d) Dating.

4. During which event does "It's Funny, Isn't It? #1" take place?
(a) A concert.
(b) A wedding.
(c) A school dance.
(d) A birthday party.

5. In "From an Old Dog in his Cups," what relationship is explored?
(a) Between drinking and fighting.
(b) Between writing and insanity.
(c) Between writing and love.
(d) Between drinking and writing.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to Chinaski in "Everybody Talks Too Much"?

2. What building is destroyed in "The Death of a Splendid Neighborhood"?

3. What happens to Chinaski as he gets thinner in "You Get So Alone At Times . . ."?

4. In "Invasion," what kind of animal does Chinaski see in his doorway?

5. In "Fractional Note," what is happening to hope?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the conclusion Chinaski arrives at in "Wearing the Collar" and "A Cat is a Cat is a Cat is a Cat."

2. How does Bukowski build a sense of foreboding in "Invasion"?

3. Describe the poem "Invasion."

4. Describe Chinaski's thought process in "Everybody Talks Too Much."

5. Why is "An Ordinary Poem" significant in terms of defining Chinaski?

6. Describe Chinaski's self-esteem.

7. Describe the poem "The Lady in the Castle."

8. How and why does Chinaski focus on domestic life in some of the poems?

9. What allegory is present in "The Death of a Splendid Neighborhood"?

10. Describe the argument that Bukowski makes in "Fractional Note."

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