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. Why does Rose Mary dislike her teaching job?

2. How does Jeannette feel as she looks around her comfortable apartment?

3. What job did Rose Mary once hold?

4. Jeannette's parents believe that children need:

5. What happens to Jeannette when she first starts school in Blythe?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Rex's mother, Erma, like, and how does she differ from Grandma Smith?

2. What are some examples of how the Walls parents fail to provide for their children's needs during this first year in Welch?

3. What changes does Jeannette make in her life after her father dies?

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

5. 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?

6. Why does Jeannette enjoy swimming with Dinitia more than going to the pool during the other swim sessions when the rest of the white children in Welch swim?

7. How do the Walls parents fail to protect their children from Erma?

8. How does the condition of the Walls family home worsen during the spring in Welch?

9. Why does Jeannette ask the cab driver to go back to the apartment after she sees her mother from afar in Part 1?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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 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.

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