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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. Chinaski argues that his friend from "Stride" would feel crestfallen to see what which of the following does to a man?
2. Whom does Chinaski say he loves in "Supposedly Famous"?
3. In which poem does Bukowski relate his famous origin story?
4. What is the first thing that the man whom Chinaski tries to help drops?
5. In "A Funny Guy," what is Schopenhauer's profession?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the role of loss in Bukowski's poetry.
2. Describe the message of "For the Concerned."
3. Why does Chinaski view criticism in a dismissive manner?
4. What type of conflict does "Red Mercedes" describe?
5. How does Chinaski feel about Joe O'Brien, and how does he react to his death?
6. How is the Chinaski of 1986 described?
7. How is Chinaski portrayed in "Zero"?
8. What relationships are defined in "A Non-urgent Poem" and "For My Ivy League Friends"?
9. Describe Chinaski's father and his perception of him.
10. What happens in "The Passing of a Great One" and "The Wine of Forever"?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Describe the way in which Bukowski uses gallows humor, vaudeville, and irony in at least two of his poems. Find at least two specific examples from each of these two poems.
Essay Topic 2
Analyze and give examples of Chinaski showing conceit toward age and youth.
Essay Topic 3
Describe the portrayal of madness in Bukowski's work. Is madness portrayed as a negative trait? Why or why not?
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