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. Rex dies during Part 4 as a result of:

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

3. When Jeannette is sent out to get her father in Welch, where does she finally find him?

4. How does Jeannette's grandparents feel about her relationship with Dinitia?

5. Why does Rex leave the job that has been arranged for him in Part 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Rex and Rose Mary's living arrangements and lifestyle in New York.

2. Why does the owner of the paper that Jeannette works for talk her out of taking a job at his newspaper?

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

4. Why do Rex and Rose Mary follow their children to New York City to live?

5. 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?

6. What events help form Jeannette's desire to be a professional writer?

7. What potentially dangerous situation does Rex put Jeannette in while her mother is out of town for training?

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

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

10. How are Brian, Maureen, and Jeannette's ways of coping with their home life differ? What does each of them do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The relationship between the author and her parents is a very complex one. She is both fond of them and attempts to understand their behavior, and is shocked that they are able to be so childish and neglectful in providing for even the very basic needs of the children. Discuss this relationship with consideration to the following questions:

1) Discuss examples of the neglectful behavior described in the book. How are the parents negligent and how are the children able to get by in spite of this?

2) Relate examples of the positive experiences that the author has with each of her parents, and what she considers to be some of their positive characteristics.

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

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?

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