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 Topic 1
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 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
Rose Mary's philosophy is that art and freedom are more important than material things. However, she takes this philosophy too far in failing to provide for her children's basic needs. Describe Rose Mary's philosophy of life and parenting. Consider:
1) What is it that makes it so difficult for her to take responsibility?
2) How is she able to justify allowing her children to live in impoverished conditions because of her choices?
3) Recount a few of her actions that demonstrate her philosophy in action.
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