The Glass Castle Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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

2. Why does Rex say that the family must leave Las Vegas?

3. When Rex is able to get to the family's money, what does he spend it on?

4. Why does Rose Mary dislike her teaching job?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Rex dislike staying with Rose Mary's mother (Grandma Smith)?

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

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

6. How does Rose Mary try to make the family's Christmas in Phoenix special, and what happens to ruin it for them all?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Rex's alcoholism is a major theme in the memoir. Although he occasionally is able to stop drinking for a short time, inevitably he returns to it. What personality traits and aspects of his background seem to contribute to his tendency toward alcoholism?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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