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. Why does Lyman feel he should have Lipsha's pipe?

2. What does Lipsha say brought him back to the reservation?

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

4. What is the name of the hotel Lyman stays in during his business trip?

5. Whom does Zelda have talk to Lipsha at the gathering?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Lyman try to distract himself from the attraction of gambling?

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

4. Why does June promise herself that no one will ever hold her again?

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

6. Why does Lulu go to the post office?

7. Why does the reservation community have high hopes for Lipsha?

8. What does Albertine know about the name Four Soul?

9. How does Lipsha feel about Shawnee at the gathering?

10. Why does Lipsha dislike his job?

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

What is a Native American vision quest? Describe the quest Lipsha and Lyman go on. How do each feel about the quest? What happens to each? How do these endings help to further describe Lipsha and Lyman in terms of Native American tradition?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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