The Glass Castle Test | Final 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. What is Erma's reaction when the children tell their parents about the incident between her and Brian?

2. Where does the Wall family move at the beginning of Part 3 of the book?

3. How does Rex put Jeannette in a potentially dangerous situation in Part 3?

4. Where do Rex and Rose Mary live when they eventually move to New York?

5. Why do Rex and Rose Mary leave the children with their grandparents?

Short Essay Questions

1. What has the author found with her second husband that she did not have with her first?

2. Why does Jeannette enjoy swimming with Dinitia more than going to the pool during the other swim sessions when the rest of the white children in Welch swim?

3. What incident leads Jeannette to finally making a friend in West Virginia?

4. Why is Jeannette so interested in going to Ginnie Sue's house? What is her visit like?

5. What happens when Jeannette makes an attempt to fix up her family's ramshackle home in West Virginia?

6. 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?

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

8. Describe Jeannette's reaction when her mother comes to her, begging her and her new husband to buy some property in Texas that abutted her own.

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

10. Recount some of the events that demonstrate Maureen's difficulty in adapting to life as an adult.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rose Mary's philosophy is that art and freedom are more important than material things. However, she takes this philosophy too far in failing to provide for her children's basic needs. Describe Rose Mary's philosophy of life and parenting. Consider:

1) What is it that makes it so difficult for her to take responsibility?

2) How is she able to justify allowing her children to live in impoverished conditions because of her choices?

3) Recount a few of her actions that demonstrate her philosophy in action.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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