The Bingo Palace 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. Where does Lipsha go after giving up on his ID forms?

2. What does Lipsha win while playing bingo in Chapter 7?

3. How does the slot machine treat Lyman in his dream?

4. When Lyman wakes he can't tell if it was a dream or if he was where?

5. What does Lipsha fear as he walks on ancestral grounds in Chapter 11?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Lyman do after gambling away his money?

2. How does Redford feel about staying with his aunts?

3. What happens between Lipsha and the motel Bible in Chapter 14?

4. What does Jewett assume about Fleur's land?

5. Why does Albertine shout at the TV set while watching the documentary?

6. What does Zelda do when she thinks she is having a heart attack?

7. Why does Albertine take part in the naming ceremony?

8. How do the people on the reservation know that Fleur is watching them?

9. Why does Lyman dance during his fast?

10. What do the people of the reservation assume about the young white boy with Fleur?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

"The Bingo Palace" compares traditional life to life off the reservation. How is each described? What represents each style of living? How is Lipsha torn between the two? How does he feel that he can merge the two? By the end of the novel, do you think Lipsha is more or less traditional?

Essay Topic 2

Lipsha admits to having a complicated relationship with Lyman. Summarize their relationship. What makes it increasingly complicated? What emotions/feelings define their relationship? How is their relationship one-sided at times? Why do they decide to go into business with each other? How do they help each other to change?

Essay Topic 3

Describe life on the reservation. Who enjoys this way of life, and why? Who wants to escape it, and why? What does the reservation represent to the characters of this novel? How does the author want us to feel about reservation life?

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