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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. In Part 2, what does Jeannette ask her father for as a Christmas gift?
(a) To be able to go to school in the same place for one whole year.
(b) For him to stop drinking.
(c) For her father to take her and her siblings to California.
(d) For a horse.

2. What happens when the children are traveling in the back of the U-haul to Battle Mountain?
(a) The baby becomes very ill.
(b) The door of the U-haul comes open and the parents don't notice.
(c) The truck catches on fire.
(d) The truck breaks down and the children have to hike many hours.

3. Which of the following does Rose Mary tell Jeannette about changing?
(a) That she would change if she wasn't so old.
(b) That she needs a lot of help if she is going to change.
(c) That she cannot change because of her husband.
(d) That she does not want to change.

4. Who helps Rose Mary write and organize her lesson plans?
(a) Rex.
(b) Brian.
(c) Lori.
(d) Another teacher.

5. Who is the oldest child in the Walls family?
(a) Lori.
(b) Brian.
(c) Jeannette.
(d) Maureen.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the glass castle?

2. What does Rose Mary want to discuss with her daughter in Part 1?

3. What incident gets the Walls family escorted out of the zoo by security?

4. How is Jeannette able to keep from going hungry at school after her father loses his job again?

5. What happens when Brian goes to the Green Lantern?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the Walls family frequently pack up and move in the middle of the night?

3. How does Jeannette's adult life differ from her mother's?

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

5. How does the author describe her father in Part 2 of the book?

6. How does Rose Mary's philosophy of life make it difficult for her to hold a job?

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

8. Why does Jeannette ask the cab driver to go back to the apartment after she 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. "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?

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