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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. What is Chinaski's emotion in "I'll Take It..."?
2. What is the name of Chinaski's friend in "The Stride"?
3. In "My Friend, The Parking Lot Attendant," where does the attendant work?
4. Where does "Together" take place?
5. Chinaski's work is most likely a rebuttal to authors like ______________.
Short Essay Questions
1. What metaphor does Chinaski use to symbolize modern America?
2. What type of conflict does "Red Mercedes" describe?
3. Describe Chinaski's feelings for John Fante.
4. In his poems, Bukowski acknowledges that all people have what, and why?
5. How is the Chinaski of 1986 described?
6. Which poem expresses a counterpoint of an indulgent and listless life?
7. Describe the overall tone and themes of the poems in Bukowski's book.
8. What is Chinaski's view of solitude?
9. Describe Chinaski's father and his perception of him.
10. Which poems best reflect Chinaski's connection to generations of artists preceding him and why?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What are some of the themes evident in the poems Bukowski has written? Identify at least three of these themes and provide specific examples from the text showing how the theme is created.
Essay Topic 2
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 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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