Short Essay Questions Key
1. What feelings does Jeannette have when she first sees her mother from afar in Part 1?
Jeannette is ashamed of her mother and does not understand how she could have ended up this way, when Jeanette is successful and living her 'dream life'.
2. Why does Jeannette ask the cab driver to go back to the apartment after she sees her mother from afar in Part 1?
Jeannette asks the cab driver to turn around after seeing her mother digging in the trash for food because she is ashamed of her mother and feels too guilty to go to the lavish party that she was on the way to.
3. The author tells her story in a very straightforward manner. What does her style of writing say about her personality?
The author, Jeannette Walls, is self-reliant and doesn't feel sorry for herself. She claims that she had a "unique" childhood, when others would consider it rather tragic.
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