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 Topic 1
Rose Mary tells Jeannette, as an adult, that her values are "all confused." What does Rose Mary mean?
1) How does Rose Mary view Jeannette's life and career?
2) What are Rose Mary's values like and how do Jeannette's differ?
3) What values or ideas do you think that they agree on? What is important to both of them?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Rose Mary describes herself as an "excitement addict" at one point in the book. How does Rose Mary view herself?
1) What does she mean when she says that she is an excitement addict? Give examples of her behavior that support this view of herself.
2) How does she justify her behavior when it threatens her children's well-being?
3) What is her philosophy of life and how does it influence her parenting style?
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