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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 "My Friend, The Parking Lot Attendant," where does the attendant work?
2. In "Shoes," what does the young man think of the shoes?
3. Which of the following adjectives best describes Chinaski of the present in "Zero"?
4. In "Supposedly Famous," Chinaski takes stock of __________.
5. Chinaski argues that his friend from "Stride" would feel crestfallen to see what which of the following does to a man?
Short Essay Questions
1. Which poems best reflect Chinaski's connection to generations of artists preceding him and why?
2. Describe the message of "For the Concerned."
3. What is Chinaski's view of solitude?
4. What type of conflict does "Red Mercedes" describe?
5. Describe Chinaski's feelings for John Fante.
6. How does Chinaski juxtapose "Stride" and "The Final Story"?
7. What does "The Master Plan" reveal about Chinaski?
8. What is significant about the poems following "The Master Plan" in terms of imagery?
9. What relationships are defined in "A Non-urgent Poem" and "For My Ivy League Friends"?
10. Which poem expresses a counterpoint of an indulgent and listless life?
Write an essay for ONE of the following 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
Make an argument for or against Bukowski being misogynistic. Use at least three specific pieces of evidence from the text.
Essay Topic 3
Describe Bukowski's overall view of the world. Why does he see the world as mostly negative? What things are positive in the world, according to Bukowski? Why?
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