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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. Where did Jeannette grow up?

2. Who takes care of baby Maureen while the family is moving?

3. What is Rose Mary doing when Jeannette first sees her at the beginning of the book?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How was Jeannette's childhood atypical?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

The title of the memoir is significant in its symbolism as something unfinished, or unrealized within the author's family. Discuss the title and its significance, considering the following:

1) How does the glass castle represent the unrealized dreams of the family, or the things that the family may never have?

2) What does the glass castle mean to Rex? How does it represent Rex's unrealized potential?

2) Why do you feel that the author chose this title? How does it relate to the memoir as a whole, and to her feelings about her childhood?

Essay Topic 3

The Walls siblings all find different ways to deal with their difficult circumstances. Compare and contrast the responses of Lori, Maureen, Brian, and Jeannette to the stresses of living without resources.

1) How does each of the children deal with their problems emotionally?

2) How do some, if any, of the children work together to relieve some of their misery?

3) What does each of the children do to try to get what they need?

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