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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 does Jeannette think that they are going to see and maybe even stay with in Arizona?

2. What is Jeannette's mother doing when Jeannette hurt herself in Part 2?

3. Which of the following best describes Jeannette's childhood?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How was Jeannette's childhood atypical?

4. What gift does Jeannette ask her father for on her tenth birthday and how does he react?

5. Why does Jeannette ask the cab driver to go back to the apartment after she sees her mother from afar in Part 1?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the most prominent themes of this book is that of forgiveness. Despite living in such difficult circumstances, and despite being the innocent victims of their parents' selfishness and poor decisions, the Walls children continue to welcome their parents into their lives, particularly as adults. Discuss the theme of forgiveness in "The Glass Castle". Cite examples from the book of how the author is able to forgive others, and herself as well. Consider:

1) How does Jeannette show that she forgives her parents, both as a child and an adult?

2) What is it about Jeannette's personality that allows her to show forgiveness?

3) How does the author's unusual upbringing actually help to develop this quality in her?

Essay Topic 2

The Walls siblings all find different ways to deal with their difficult circumstances. Compare and contrast the responses of Lori, Maureen, Brian, and Jeannette to the stresses of living without resources.

1) How does each of the children deal with their problems emotionally?

2) How do some, if any, of the children work together to relieve some of their misery?

3) What does each of the children do to try to get what they need?

Essay Topic 3

The author's views of what is important and what will bring her happiness change throughout the book. Discuss how her ideas of a good life evolve from childhood into adulthood. Consider:

1) What things does Jeannette hope for as a child?

2) What is her life like as an adult, and is she happy?

3) Do Jeannette's values change throughout her life, or is she essentially the same person?

4) What does Jeannette ultimately decide that she has been looking for, and where does she find it?

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