The Glass Castle Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

Jeannette Walls
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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

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

3. Where does Jeannette decide to meet Rose Mary in Part 1?

4. How does Jeannette learn to swim?

5. How does Jeannette explain her accident to the doctors and nurses at the hospital?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Rex is largely absent from the family after they move to Welch. What has he been doing during this time?

4. What does Grandma Smith provide for Jeannette that she doesn't get at home?

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 are some of the unorthodox ways that the Walls parents get money and items for the house?

7. How does the author describe her father in Part 2 of the book?

8. How are Brian, Maureen, and Jeannette's ways of coping with their home life differ? What does each of them do?

9. What plans do Lori and Jeannette begin to make for themselves at the end of Part 3?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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.

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