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Jeannette Walls
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. How does Jeannette feel as she looks around her comfortable apartment?

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

3. Where does Jeannette decide to meet Rose Mary in Part 1?

4. How does Jeannette learn to swim?

5. How does Jeannette explain her accident to the doctors and nurses at the hospital?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Rex is largely absent from the family after they move to Welch. What has he been doing during this time?

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

5. What event happened the day that Rose Mary and Rex met, that Rex says caused him to fall in love with her?

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

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

8. How are Brian, Maureen, and Jeannette's ways of coping with their home life differ? What does each of them do?

9. What plans do Lori and Jeannette begin to make for themselves at the end of Part 3?

10. Why does Rose Mary decide to hang on to the diamond ring that the children find in the woods rather than selling it for much needed money? What does this say about her priorities?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Jeannette's relationship with her mother is conflicted, yet she still feels a fondness and compassion for her as an adult. Discuss the relationship between these two women by answering the following questions:

1) How would you characterize the relationship between the two?

2) How does each of these women play both an adult and a child's role?

3) How does the relationship between them change over time?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The Walls children have a hard time adjusting to life as adults. How does each of them carry the scars of their neglectful childhood?

1) Compare Brian, Maureen, Jeannette, and Lori as adults. How are their lives alike, and how do they differ?

2) What difficulties has each of them faced as adults, and how successful have they been in overcoming or learning from these difficulties?

3) What good traits, or qualities has each of these children developed as a result of their "unique" childhood?

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