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 is the Green Lantern?

2. How does Jeannette explain her accident to the doctors and nurses at the hospital?

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

4. What is the Walls' house in Arizona like?

5. Which of the following does Rose Mary tell Jeannette about changing?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Rose Mary's philosophy of life make it difficult for her to hold a job?

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

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

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

9. What does the author feel towards her parents in light of the circumstances of her childhood?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author is able to grow into a successful adult despite her upbringing. How does the author's difficult childhood contribute to the development of self-reliance and confidence? Cite specific instances in the book of both how her difficult circumstances cause her to become stronger, or more resourceful, and how others in her life help her.

Essay Topic 2

Although life is very difficult in the Walls household, one way that the children cope is through depending on each other. Describe the relationship between the children: Brian, Lori, Jeannette, and Maureen and how they depend on and take care of each other. What roles do each of these children play within the family? Cite specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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