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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. Why does Rose Mary dislike her teaching job?

2. Why does Jeannette enjoy staying in the hospital?

3. How does Jeannette learn to swim?

4. How does the Walls' financial situation improve for a time in Pheonix?

5. Which of these attributes does Jeannette NOT portray in her style of storytelling?

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

3. What are Rex's feelings about how the family finances should be handled? How does he manage money?

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

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

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

7. How do Jeannette's parents react to the death of the baby, Mary Charlene?

8. Why do you think Rose Mary continues to refuse help from her adult children?

9. How is the accident when Jeannette gets burned symbolic of her childhood as a whole?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jeannette's relationship with her mother is conflicted, yet she still feels a fondness and compassion for her as an adult. Discuss the relationship between these two women by answering the following questions:

1) How would you characterize the relationship between the two?

2) How does each of these women play both an adult and a child's role?

3) How does the relationship between them change over time?

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

One of the most prominent themes of this book is that of forgiveness. Despite living in such difficult circumstances, and despite being the innocent victims of their parents' selfishness and poor decisions, the Walls children continue to welcome their parents into their lives, particularly as adults. Discuss the theme of forgiveness in "The Glass Castle". Cite examples from the book of how the author is able to forgive others, and herself as well. Consider:

1) How does Jeannette show that she forgives her parents, both as a child and an adult?

2) What is it about Jeannette's personality that allows her to show forgiveness?

3) How does the author's unusual upbringing actually help to develop this quality in her?

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