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 Jeannette meet Rose Mary at this location in Part 1?

2. Why does the family often pick up and leave in the middle of the night?

3. In Part 2, what does Jeannette ask her father for as a Christmas gift?

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

5. Rex and Rose Mary make some money for the family by:

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. How does Rose Mary try to make the family's Christmas in Phoenix special, and what happens to ruin it for them all?

4. What potentially dangerous situation does Rex put Jeannette in while her mother is out of town for training?

5. What event happened the day that Rose Mary and Rex met, that Rex says caused him to fall in love with her?

6. What does the glass castle represent, not only to Rex, but to the rest of the family as well?

7. Why does Rose Mary quit her job, and what is Jeannette's reaction?

8. What gift does Jeannette ask her father for on her tenth birthday and how does he react?

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

10. What events help form Jeannette's desire to be a professional writer?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Walls siblings all find different ways to deal with their difficult circumstances. Compare and contrast the responses of Lori, Maureen, Brian, and Jeannette to the stresses of living without resources.

1) How does each of the children deal with their problems emotionally?

2) How do some, if any, of the children work together to relieve some of their misery?

3) What does each of the children do to try to get what they need?

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

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.

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