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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 which poem does Bukowski relate his famous origin story?

2. Where does the woman in "A Good Time" want to be taken?

3. Chinaski's work is most likely a rebuttal to authors like ______________.

4. Saroyan insists that in order for him to write he needs to ______________.

5. In "A Non-urgent Poem," a man says that Chinaski has lost which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

1. Which poem expresses a counterpoint of an indulgent and listless life?

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

3. In his poems, Bukowski acknowledges that all people have what, and why?

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

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

6. Describe the message Bukowski presents in "Darkness."

7. How does Chinaski juxtapose "Stride" and "The Final Story"?

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

9. What relationships are defined in "A Non-urgent Poem" and "For My Ivy League Friends"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Chinaski defend a listless and lazy lifestyle? In addition, explain how Chinaski laments the lie of the American dream and why he does this.

Essay Topic 2

Assess the theme of destruction in this collection of poems. What types of things are destroyed? What types of things are preserved? What does this say about Bukowski?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze Chinaski's domestic life. Is domestic life portrayed as positive or negative? Is Chinaski's opinion of domestic life genuine? Why or why not?

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