Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does Jeannette feel as she looks around her comfortable apartment?
2. Who does Jeannette think that they are going to see and maybe even stay with in Arizona?
3. Where does Jeannette decide to meet Rose Mary in Part 1?
4. How does Jeannette learn to swim?
5. How does Jeannette explain her accident to the doctors and nurses at the hospital?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does the Walls family frequently pack up and move in the middle of the night?
2. How is the accident when Jeannette gets burned symbolic of her childhood as a whole?
3. Rex is largely absent from the family after they move to Welch. What has he been doing during this time?
4. What does Grandma Smith provide for Jeannette that she doesn't get at home?
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 are some of the unorthodox ways that the Walls parents get money and items for the house?
7. How does the author describe her father in Part 2 of the book?
8. How are Brian, Maureen, and Jeannette's ways of coping with their home life differ? What does each of them do?
9. What plans do Lori and Jeannette begin to make for themselves at the end of Part 3?
10. Why does Rose Mary decide to hang on to the diamond ring that the children find in the woods rather than selling it for much needed money? What does this say about her priorities?
Although the Walls parents frequently put their children in dangerous situations, it is obvious that they do not believe that their philosophy of parenting is flawed. Discuss Rex and Rose Mary's philosophy of parenting.
1) How do they believe children should be treated? What do they think of as their responsibility as parents?
2) What do they consider the children's responsibilities within the family?
3) Give examples in which Rex or Rose Mary fail to act in a manner that would be considered responsible by most people. How do they justify their actions within the context of their philosophy of life?
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?
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.
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