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 does Jeannette decide to do instead of following the guidance counselor's advice?

2. How does Lori get burned at the house in Welch?

3. Since the Walls family cannot find a house they can afford to rent, what do they do instead?

4. What does Jeannette do about her schooling when she moves to New York?

5. For what purpose do Jeannette and Brian start digging a large hole in the backyard?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some examples of how the Walls parents fail to provide for their children's needs during this first year in Welch?

2. 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.

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

4. What are some of the reasons that the children do not like going to school in Welch?

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

6. How does Rose Mary view her and Rex's living situation in New York? How do the other members of the family see things differently?

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

8. What are Jeannette's feelings towards her parents by the end of the book?

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

10. What is Rex's mother, Erma, like, and how does she differ from Grandma Smith?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the author's earliest memories is of being badly burned while she is cooking by herself as a small child. She spends several weeks in the hospital, during which time she is not unhappy. In fact, she responds to the incident in a calm manner that belies her age.

1) What are Jeannette's memories of the incident? How does she react to the staff at the hospital?

2) How does Jeannette respond to the staff when they tell her that she is going to be all right?

3) What is her father's response to the incident? Do you find it surprising, or is it typical of him?

4) What do both Jeannette's and her parents' way of dealing with this incident say about each of their personalities and ways of approaching life?

Essay Topic 2

The author's views of what is important and what will bring her happiness change throughout the book. Discuss how her ideas of a good life evolve from childhood into adulthood. Consider:

1) What things does Jeannette hope for as a child?

2) What is her life like as an adult, and is she happy?

3) Do Jeannette's values change throughout her life, or is she essentially the same person?

4) What does Jeannette ultimately decide that she has been looking for, and where does she find it?

Essay Topic 3

One of the most prominent themes of this book is that of forgiveness. Despite living in such difficult circumstances, and despite being the innocent victims of their parents' selfishness and poor decisions, the Walls children continue to welcome their parents into their lives, particularly as adults. Discuss the theme of forgiveness in "The Glass Castle". Cite examples from the book of how the author is able to forgive others, and herself as well. Consider:

1) How does Jeannette show that she forgives her parents, both as a child and an adult?

2) What is it about Jeannette's personality that allows her to show forgiveness?

3) How does the author's unusual upbringing actually help to develop this quality in her?

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