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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 incident in the first section of Part 2 that serves as a metaphor for the neglect that the children suffer?

2. What do the Walls parents teach the children?

3. According to Rose Mary, how should Jeannette explain her mother's situation to others?

4. Why won't Rose Mary talk about her homelessness?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What are some examples of the neglect that the children suffer during their time in both Battle Mountain and in Phoenix?

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

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

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

7. What does the glass castle represent, not only to Rex, but to the rest of the family as well?

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

9. The author tells her story in a very straightforward manner. What does her style of writing say about her personality?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The title of the memoir is significant in its symbolism as something unfinished, or unrealized within the author's family. Discuss the title and its significance, considering the following:

1) How does the glass castle represent the unrealized dreams of the family, or the things that the family may never have?

2) What does the glass castle mean to Rex? How does it represent Rex's unrealized potential?

2) Why do you feel that the author chose this title? How does it relate to the memoir as a whole, and to her feelings about her childhood?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The author is able to grow into a successful adult despite her upbringing. How does the author's difficult childhood contribute to the development of self-reliance and confidence? Cite specific instances in the book of both how her difficult circumstances cause her to become stronger, or more resourceful, and how others in her life help her.

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