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

2. What is the Hot Pot?

3. Who is Billy Deel?

4. What happens when the Walls children begin school in Phoenix?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What event happened the day that Rose Mary and Rex met, that Rex says caused him to fall in love with her?

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

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

6. How does Rex teach Jeannette to swim, and how is it representative of his philosophy of parenting in general?

7. What are some of the unorthodox ways that the Walls parents get money and items for the house?

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

9. What incident precipitates the family's leaving Battle Mountain for Phoenix?

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

Life is hard for the Walls family wherever they go. However, in different places it is hard in different ways. Compare their lives in Phoenix, Battle Mountain, and Welch, answering each of the following questions about each location:

1) What are the family's basic living conditions like?

2) What is Rose Mary's emotional condition like and how does it affect the rest of the family?

3) Discuss Rex's emotional condition as well.

Essay Topic 2

The relationship between the author and her parents is a very complex one. She is both fond of them and attempts to understand their behavior, and is shocked that they are able to be so childish and neglectful in providing for even the very basic needs of the children. Discuss this relationship with consideration to the following questions:

1) Discuss examples of the neglectful behavior described in the book. How are the parents negligent and how are the children able to get by in spite of this?

2) Relate examples of the positive experiences that the author has with each of her parents, and what she considers to be some of their positive characteristics.

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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