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

2. Where does "Together" take place?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How is Chinaski portrayed in "Zero"?

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

5. What does "The Master Plan" reveal about Chinaski?

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

7. What is Chinaski's view of solitude?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Why does Chinaski lack trust for humanity? What message do you think Bukowski sends in giving Chinaski this distrust?

Essay Topic 3

Assess Bukowski's argument that there are no certainties or essential truths in the world. Support or refute this claim using examples from the text.

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