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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 best describes Jeannette's childhood?

2. What is the glass castle?

3. What causes the argument that ends in Rose Mary being dangled out of the window by her feet by Rex?

4. What kind of work does Rex do while they are in Arizona?

5. What genre of book is "The Glass Castle"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

9. The author tells her story in a very straightforward manner. What does her style of writing say about her personality?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the author's earliest memories is of being badly burned while she is cooking by herself as a small child. She spends several weeks in the hospital, during which time she is not unhappy. In fact, she responds to the incident in a calm manner that belies her age.

1) What are Jeannette's memories of the incident? How does she react to the staff at the hospital?

2) How does Jeannette respond to the staff when they tell her that she is going to be all right?

3) What is her father's response to the incident? Do you find it surprising, or is it typical of him?

4) What do both Jeannette's and her parents' way of dealing with this incident say about each of their personalities and ways of approaching life?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The Walls children have a hard time adjusting to life as adults. How does each of them carry the scars of their neglectful childhood?

1) Compare Brian, Maureen, Jeannette, and Lori as adults. How are their lives alike, and how do they differ?

2) What difficulties has each of them faced as adults, and how successful have they been in overcoming or learning from these difficulties?

3) What good traits, or qualities has each of these children developed as a result of their "unique" childhood?

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