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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 Rex take the children to the zoo?

2. Why does Jeannette enjoy staying in the hospital?

3. Who does Jeannette think that they are going to see and maybe even stay with in Arizona?

4. Who is Billy Deel?

5. Where did Jeannette grow up?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Rose Mary's philosophy of life make it difficult for her to hold a job?

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

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

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

5. The author tells her story in a very straightforward manner. What does her style of writing say about her personality?

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

7. What is Rose Mary's reply in Part 1 to Jeannette's asking her what she should tell others about her mother?

8. 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?

9. "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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rex's alcoholism is a major theme in the memoir. Although he occasionally is able to stop drinking for a short time, inevitably he returns to it. What personality traits and aspects of his background seem to contribute to his tendency toward alcoholism?

Essay Topic 2

The Walls children have a hard time adjusting to life as adults. How does each of them carry the scars of their neglectful childhood?

1) Compare Brian, Maureen, Jeannette, and Lori as adults. How are their lives alike, and how do they differ?

2) What difficulties has each of them faced as adults, and how successful have they been in overcoming or learning from these difficulties?

3) What good traits, or qualities has each of these children developed as a result of their "unique" childhood?

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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