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. Why does Rex take the children to the zoo?

2. What else does Rose Mary tell Jeannette in their meeting that she should do?

3. What happens to greatly improve Lori's situation at school and home?

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

5. What happens when the children are traveling in the back of the U-haul to Battle Mountain?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. "The Glass Castle" is the author's story of the unusual, and some would say tragic, circumstances of her childhood. What is the author's tone as she tells her story? How does this reflect who she is as a person?

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

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

7. What are Rex's feelings about how the family finances should be handled? How does he manage money?

8. What is Rex's reaction to Rose Mary's plan to travel to West Virginia and what happens when the family gets ready to go?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Rose Mary tells Jeannette, as an adult, that her values are "all confused." What does Rose Mary mean?

1) How does Rose Mary view Jeannette's life and career?

2) What are Rose Mary's values like and how do Jeannette's differ?

3) What values or ideas do you think that they agree on? What is important to both of them?

Essay Topic 3

Money is not important to Rose Mary and Rex Walls, which is demonstrated throughout the book. Although it may sometimes appear that the couple's actions are somewhat amoral or selfish, they are actually living according to their own set of moral values that do not agree with those of society. What are the values of Rose Mary and Rex and how do they demonstrate them to both their children and the world? What is it that really matters to Rex and Rose Mary?

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