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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. Who helps Rose Mary write and organize her lesson plans?

2. The family often lacks basic necessities, which is underscored by an incident in which Jeannette finds her sister, Lori, eating what?

3. Why does Rose Mary dislike her teaching job?

4. Jeannette's parents believe that children need:

5. What does Jeannette do after she first sees Rose Mary at the beginning of the book?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Rex and Rose Mary's living arrangements and lifestyle in New York.

2. What is life like for the Walls children when they first move to Phoenix?

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

4. How does the condition of the Walls family home worsen during the spring in Welch?

5. What incident precipitates the family's leaving Battle Mountain for Phoenix?

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

7. How do Jeannette's parents react to the death of the baby, Mary Charlene?

8. What are some examples of how the Walls parents fail to provide for their children's needs during this first year in Welch?

9. What happens when Jeannette makes an attempt to fix up her family's ramshackle home in West Virginia?

10. How does Rose Mary view her and Rex's living situation in New York? How do the other members of the family see things differently?

Essay 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

In many ways, the author looks up to her father even as he makes poor decisions that affect the family negatively.

1) Discuss the author's conflicting view of her father as protector/provider and an alcoholic.

2) How does the author want the world to see or understand her father? What does she tell other people about him?

3) Do you think that she idealizes her father or that she is simply being fair in looking at the whole person, rather than the poor decisions that he makes?

Use specific examples from the book to illustrate your points.

Essay Topic 3

Life is hard for the Walls family wherever they go. However, in different places it is hard in different ways. Compare their lives in Phoenix, Battle Mountain, and Welch, answering each of the following questions about each location:

1) What are the family's basic living conditions like?

2) What is Rose Mary's emotional condition like and how does it affect the rest of the family?

3) Discuss Rex's emotional condition as well.

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