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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. The family often lacks basic necessities, which is underscored by an incident in which Jeannette finds her sister, Lori, eating what?
2. Who helps Rose Mary write and organize her lesson plans?
3. When Rex has no money to buy Christmas presents for the children, what does he give them?
4. How does Jeannette feel as she looks around her comfortable apartment?
5. How does Jeannette learn to swim?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. What gift does Jeannette ask her father for on her tenth birthday and how does he react?
3. What has the author found with her second husband that she did not have with her first?
4. "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?
5. How do the Walls parents fail to protect their children from Erma?
6. What incident precipitates the family's leaving Battle Mountain for Phoenix?
7. What feelings does Jeannette have when she first sees her mother from afar in Part 1?
8. How does Rose Mary try to make the family's Christmas in Phoenix special, and what happens to ruin it for them all?
9. How is the accident when Jeannette gets burned symbolic of her childhood as a whole?
10. How does Rose Mary view her and Rex's living situation in New York? How do the other members of the family see things differently?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
The author's views of what is important and what will bring her happiness change throughout the book. Discuss how her ideas of a good life evolve from childhood into adulthood. Consider:
1) What things does Jeannette hope for as a child?
2) What is her life like as an adult, and is she happy?
3) Do Jeannette's values change throughout her life, or is she essentially the same person?
4) What does Jeannette ultimately decide that she has been looking for, and where does she find it?
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