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Jeannette Walls
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the Green Lantern?
(a) A brothel that the children frequently walk by.
(b) A bar where the parents often go.
(c) A spot in the woods where Jeannette and Brian play.
(d) The secret place where the children go to play.

2. Who does Jeannette think that they are going to see and maybe even stay with in Arizona?
(a) Grandma Smith.
(b) Rex's parents.
(c) Neighbors from when Jeannette was small.
(d) Her mother's friends.

3. What are Jeannette's parents' feelings regarding society's rules?
(a) They are very responsible, but don't like it.
(b) They want to fit in with everyone.
(c) They think rules are very important.
(d) They refuse to conform to them.

4. Jeannette's parents believe that children need:
(a) Physical punishment and to learn respect for elders.
(b) Freedom and the chance to learn to fend for themselves.
(c) To be coddled, as they are unable to be responsible.
(d) Strict discipline.

5. What kind of work does Rex do while they are in Arizona?
(a) Bartender.
(b) Teacher.
(c) He does not work.
(d) Electrician.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the family often pick up and leave in the middle of the night?

2. How does Rose Mary feel about her current living situation?

3. What is Jeannette's manner of telling her story in Part 1?

4. After Lily Ruth Maureen is born, where does the family move?

5. Which of the following does Rose Mary tell Jeannette about changing?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Grandma Smith provide for Jeannette that she doesn't get at home?

2. What are some of the unorthodox ways that the Walls parents get money and items for the house?

3. What is Rose Mary's reply in Part 1 to Jeannette's asking her what she should tell others about her mother?

4. Rose Mary and Jeannette have very different views of the world. Why does Rose Mary tell Jeannette that her values are "all confused"?

5. Why does Rex dislike staying with Rose Mary's mother (Grandma Smith)?

6. What are Rex's feelings about how the family finances should be handled? How does he manage money?

7. "The Glass Castle" is the author's story of the unusual, and some would say tragic, circumstances of her childhood. What is the author's tone as she tells her story? How does this reflect who she is as a person?

8. What feelings does Jeannette have when she first sees her mother from afar in Part 1?

9. What does the author feel towards her parents in light of the circumstances of her childhood?

10. How is the accident when Jeannette gets burned symbolic of her childhood as a whole?

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