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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. Who does Jeannette think that they are going to see and maybe even stay with in Arizona?
2. When Rex is able to get to the family's money, what does he spend it on?
3. How does Jeannette end up hurting herself in Part 2?
4. Where is Jeannette going when she first sees Rose Mary at the beginning of the book?
5. In Part 2, what does Jeannette ask her father for as a Christmas gift?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Rex take the children over the safety fence to touch a cheetah at the zoo?
2. "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?
3. How do Lori and Jeannette help take responsibility for the new baby, Maureen, on the trip to their new home in Part 2?
4. What incident precipitates the family's leaving Battle Mountain for Phoenix?
5. How does Jeannette's adult life differ from her mother's?
6. What does Grandma Smith provide for Jeannette that she doesn't get at home?
7. 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?
8. How does Rex teach Jeannette to swim, and how is it representative of his philosophy of parenting in general?
9. What are some examples of the neglect that the children suffer during their time in both Battle Mountain and in Phoenix?
10. Why does Jeannette ask the cab driver to go back to the apartment after she sees her mother from afar in Part 1?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Rose Mary tells Jeannette, as an adult, that her values are "all confused." What does Rose Mary mean?
1) How does Rose Mary view Jeannette's life and career?
2) What are Rose Mary's values like and how do Jeannette's differ?
3) What values or ideas do you think that they agree on? What is important to both of them?
Essay Topic 2
Rose Mary's philosophy is that art and freedom are more important than material things. However, she takes this philosophy too far in failing to provide for her children's basic needs. Describe Rose Mary's philosophy of life and parenting. Consider:
1) What is it that makes it so difficult for her to take responsibility?
2) How is she able to justify allowing her children to live in impoverished conditions because of her choices?
3) Recount a few of her actions that demonstrate her philosophy in action.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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