Lisa, Bright and Dark 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. Just after Brian Morris breaks up with her, Lisa Shilling begins to befriend which major character?

2. When Betsy Goodman finds Mary Nell Fickett and Lisa Shilling in Mr. Milne's classroom, Lisa Shilling is hiding underneath Mr. Milne's desk and doing what?

3. When Betsy Goodman and Mary Nell Fickett finally tell Lisa Shilling that the know she is mentally ill, Lisa Shilling responds by...

4. Where do Betsy Goodman, Mary Nell Fickett, and Lisa Shilling first meet for an impromptu group therapy session?

5. Mary Nell Fickett and Betsy Goodman initially turn to what source of information to research mental illness?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Betsy Goodman the youngest of the major protagonists?

2. In what is Mr. Shilling primarily interested?

3. Describe Lisa on a so-called bright day and contrast that description to Lisa on a so-called dark day.

4. What kind of a job does Jeremy Bernstein do as the high school guidance counselor?

5. Why is chapter one presented in italic type face?

6. Mental illness aside, how typical are the four main protagonists of the novel?

7. Why does Lisa Shilling tell her parents that she thinks she is mentally ill in front of her friend Mary Nell Fickett?

8. What kind of a job does Mr. Jackson do as the school principal?

9. Who is the narrator in chapter one?

10. Why does Elizabeth Frazer gradually become the de facto decision-maker of what is and is not good for Lisa Shilling?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the role of class in the novel. Which characters act appropriately for their class? Who is the wealthiest character in the novel and how do they act? Who is the poorest character in the novel and how do they act?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the role of race in the novel--do characters act appropriate for their race? Indeed, what race are the characters? What tale-tell signs indicate race in fiction?

Essay Topic 3

Assume that the basis of all criticism is the reader's response to the text. Without focusing on a critical theory, describe your reaction to the text. Did you like the book? Why or why not? What aspects (if any) of the novel did you particularly like, and why? What aspects (if any) did you particularly dislike, and why?

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