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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. What is "An Ordinary Poem" about?
(a) Things he does not like.
(b) Things he cares about.
(c) Things he has felt anger toward.
(d) A war.

2. What building is destroyed in "The Death of a Splendid Neighborhood"?
(a) A block of houses.
(b) A large memorial site.
(c) A whorehouse.
(d) A diner.

3. In "I Thought the Stuff Tasted Worse than Usual," Chinaski smells like ____________.
(a) Gasoline.
(b) French bread.
(c) Animals.
(d) Cologne.

4. Chinaski claims that the best one can hope for is which of the following?
(a) A friend.
(b) A pet.
(c) Ten free minutes.
(d) A love life.

5. Chinaski was told that the odds of a patient surviving a hospital for the poor are ______________.
(a) Two to one.
(b) One hundred to one.
(c) Fifty to one.
(d) Ten to one.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "Concrete," who invites Chinaski to his house?

2. How does Chinaski think every older person wants to die?

3. In "Hot," Bukowski claims that there is which of the following in everything around him?

4. In "About the PEN Conference," the author states that a writer without his typewriter is just a _________.

5. Chinaski says that Mexican girls in "Longshot" are often doing which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Bukowski's portrayal of populism in his poems.

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

3. How does Chinaski feel about the beautiful lady editor?

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

5. What is the message of "Trying to Make It"?

6. Describe the feelings Bukowski portrays in "Party's Over."

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

8. Why is the title "Practice" clever?

9. How does Chinaski focus on the hidden horrors of life?

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

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