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. What does Zelda give Lipsha as a gift?

2. Where did Four Soul get her name?

3. What does Shawnee admit to herself about her relationship with Lyman?

4. Where do June and her brother usually sleep when their mother's boyfriend is over?

5. Who is said to have a "foot on death's row"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Lipsha feels that he sees his dead mother?

2. What catches Albertine's attention when she is watching a documentary?

3. What role does Fleur play in Lyman's dream?

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

5. What does Marie notice about Lipsha's appearance at the beginning of Chapter 4?

6. What is Lyman's new business plan?

7. What does Lipsha get a tattoo of and why?

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

9. Why is Shawnee conflicted over her feelings for Lipsha?

10. What happened when Lipsha tried to heal Russell Kashpaw?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Lipsha often reflects on his luck. How does luck appear in "The Bingo Palace" for Lipsha and the other characters? How do they feel about luck? To what do they compare it? What does luck mean in this novel and how is it compared to the natural world?

Essay Topic 3

After returning home, Lipsha spends most of his time trying to win over Shawnee. Summarize their relationship and describe how the quest for this relationship hurts and helps Lipsha. How does Lipsha develop throughout the novel because of this relationship?

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