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 genre of book is "The Glass Castle"?

2. What do the Walls parents teach the children?

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

4. Which of the following descriptions might best describe Jeannette?

5. What does Rose Mary inherit when her mother dies?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. How do Lori and Jeannette help take responsibility for the new baby, Maureen, on the trip to their new home in Part 2?

5. What is Rose Mary's reply in Part 1 to Jeannette's asking her what she should tell others about her mother?

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

7. "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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the book, Rex has difficulty holding a job and fully realizing his responsibilities, yet he does love his children and expresses it as best he can. Describe the dysfunctional yet caring relationship between this father and his children. Discuss examples of both times he failed his children, as well as and in which he was able to 'come through' or express his love for them in a meaningful way.

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

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.

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