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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. What are Jeannette's parents' feelings regarding society's rules?

2. Why does Jeannette enjoy staying with Grandma Smith?

3. What is Rex's educational background?

4. How is Jeannette able to keep from going hungry at school after her father loses his job again?

5. What is the glass castle?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some examples of the neglect that the children suffer during their time in both Battle Mountain and in Phoenix?

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

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

4. How does Jeannette's adult life differ from her mother's?

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

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

7. Rose Mary and Jeannette have very different views of the world. Why does Rose Mary tell Jeannette that her values are "all confused"?

8. What is life like for the Walls children when they first move to Phoenix?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

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

The author is able to grow into a successful adult despite her upbringing. How does the author's difficult childhood contribute to the development of self-reliance and confidence? Cite specific instances in the book of both how her difficult circumstances cause her to become stronger, or more resourceful, and how others in her life help her.

Essay Topic 3

Jeannette's relationship with her mother is conflicted, yet she still feels a fondness and compassion for her as an adult. Discuss the relationship between these two women by answering the following questions:

1) How would you characterize the relationship between the two?

2) How does each of these women play both an adult and a child's role?

3) How does the relationship between them change over time?

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