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Jeannette Walls
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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. What is the Walls' house in Arizona like?

2. Where does Jeannette live in Part 1 of the book?

3. What kind of work does Rex do while they are in Arizona?

4. What is Rose Mary's philosophy on child-rearing?

5. Where do Jeannette's parents live in Part 1 of the book?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Erma dies, how does the Walls family react? How is Rex's reaction different from the rest of the family?

2. How was Jeannette's childhood atypical?

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

4. How do Lori and Jeannette help take responsibility for the new baby, Maureen, on the trip to their new home in Part 2?

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

6. What is Jeannette's reaction when a social worker comes to visit the home, and what does she tell her parents about it?

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

8. Why do Rex and Rose Mary follow their children to New York City to live?

9. Why does Rex take the children over the safety fence to touch a cheetah at the zoo?

10. Why do you think Rose Mary continues to refuse help from her adult children?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The relationship between the author and her parents is a very complex one. She is both fond of them and attempts to understand their behavior, and is shocked that they are able to be so childish and neglectful in providing for even the very basic needs of the children. Discuss this relationship with consideration to the following questions:

1) Discuss examples of the neglectful behavior described in the book. How are the parents negligent and how are the children able to get by in spite of this?

2) Relate examples of the positive experiences that the author has with each of her parents, and what she considers to be some of their positive characteristics.

Essay Topic 2

Although the Walls parents frequently put their children in dangerous situations, it is obvious that they do not believe that their philosophy of parenting is flawed. Discuss Rex and Rose Mary's philosophy of parenting.

1) How do they believe children should be treated? What do they think of as their responsibility as parents?

2) What do they consider the children's responsibilities within the family?

3) Give examples in which Rex or Rose Mary fail to act in a manner that would be considered responsible by most people. How do they justify their actions within the context of their philosophy of life?

Essay Topic 3

Money is not important to Rose Mary and Rex Walls, which is demonstrated throughout the book. Although it may sometimes appear that the couple's actions are somewhat amoral or selfish, they are actually living according to their own set of moral values that do not agree with those of society. What are the values of Rose Mary and Rex and how do they demonstrate them to both their children and the world? What is it that really matters to Rex and Rose Mary?

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