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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 find out about her mother's finances in Part 4 that surprises her?
2. What happens when Jeannette goes swimming in a public pool?
3. What do the children discover that their mother is doing while they have no food in the house?
4. Where does Maureen go upon her release from the hospital?
5. The Walls' parents refuse to accept help from their children. Why?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. What is Jeannette's reaction when a social worker comes to visit the home, and what does she tell her parents about it?
3. How do the Walls parents fail to protect their children from Erma?
4. How are Brian, Maureen, and Jeannette's ways of coping with their home life differ? What does each of them do?
5. 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?
6. Recount some of the events that demonstrate Maureen's difficulty in adapting to life as an adult.
7. What incident leads Jeannette to finally making a friend in West Virginia?
8. Why does the owner of the paper that Jeannette works for talk her out of taking a job at his newspaper?
9. How does Rex, despite all of his problems, show his devotion to Jeannette during her college years?
10. What has the author found with her second husband that she did not have with her first?
Write an essay for ONE of the following 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
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 3
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?
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