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. Which of the following descriptions might best describe Jeannette?

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

3. Why does Rex tell his family that he has lost his job?

4. When Rex has no money to buy Christmas presents for the children, what does he give them?

5. What types of activities does Rex do with his children?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What is life like for the Walls children when they first move to Phoenix?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Walls siblings all find different ways to deal with their difficult circumstances. Compare and contrast the responses of Lori, Maureen, Brian, and Jeannette to the stresses of living without resources.

1) How does each of the children deal with their problems emotionally?

2) How do some, if any, of the children work together to relieve some of their misery?

3) What does each of the children do to try to get what they need?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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