You Get So Alone at Times That It Just Makes Sense Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Saroyan flees from the United States to _________.

2. In "Supposedly Famous," Chinaski takes stock of __________.

3. According to Chinaski in "Drive Through Hell," the adjective which describes all of humanity is ________.

4. Which of the following is a theme not reflected by these poems?

5. Whom does Chinaski pity in "Supposedly Famous"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Chinaski's view of humanity.

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

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

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

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

6. Describe the role of loss in Bukowski's poetry.

7. What is Chinaski's view of solitude?

8. How do many of the poems seem to serve as a defense of listlessness?

9. What is the poem "Together" about?

10. How is the Chinaski of 1986 described?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze and give examples of Chinaski showing conceit toward age and youth.

Essay Topic 2

Why does Chinaski enjoy solitude so much? Does he genuinely enjoy solitude, or is he being disingenuous?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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