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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. In "The Crazy Truth," Chinaski recalled seeing a pedestrian verbally abuse a man in what color car?

2. Saroyan flees from the United States to _________.

3. In "Shoes," what does the young man think of the shoes?

4. In "Putrefaction," back to which decade does Chinaski think the country is regressing?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Chinaski say about lost pleasure?

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

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

4. Why is the title "Practice" clever?

5. How is the Chinaski of 1986 described?

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

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

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

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

10. Describe the poem "Invasion."

Essay 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

What role does Chinaski's father play in the poems? What effect does he have on Chinaski and why? Can you see ways in which he has influenced Chinaski?

Essay Topic 3

What are some of the themes evident in the poems Bukowski has written? Identify at least three of these themes and provide specific examples from the text showing how the theme is created.

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