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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. How did Chinaski's friend from "The Stride" die?

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

3. In "Rift," who gets mad at Chinaski?

4. Which poem is considered a play on words?

5. Where is Chinaski in "Sunny Side Down"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What view of Chinaski does "Quiet" present?

2. How is Chinaski portrayed in "Zero"?

3. Describe Chinaski's view of humanity.

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

5. How does Bukowski create a unifying statement for the collection, and what is it?

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

7. Why does Bukowski think the world is terrible and degrading?

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

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

10. Why is the title "Practice" clever?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the role that the themes of loss and fear play in Bukowski's poetry. Explain the two poems that seem to focus the most on fear and loss. Explain why you think this theme prevails in these poems.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

An allegory is a literary device used to show that a part represents a whole. Describe the use of allegory in at least one of Bukowski's poems. Then explain why the use of allegory is effective or ineffective.

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