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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. Why does Jeannette begin to refuse to go to her uncle's house?
2. What does Rose Mary tell the kids when they complain about their living conditions?
3. What is the condition of the Wells' house like when spring comes in Part 3?
4. Why does Rex get upset about Maureen moving in with Lori?
5. In 7th grade, Jeannette finds a sense of belonging by:
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does the owner of the paper that Jeannette works for talk her out of taking a job at his newspaper?
2. Describe Rex and Rose Mary's living arrangements and lifestyle in New York.
3. Why is Jeannette so interested in going to Ginnie Sue's house? What is her visit like?
4. What has the author found with her second husband that she did not have with her first?
5. What is Rex's mother, Erma, like, and how does she differ from Grandma Smith?
6. 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.
7. 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?
8. After the incident between the children and Erma, what does Jeannette begin to wonder about her father?
9. Why does Rose Mary quit her job, and what is Jeannette's reaction?
10. How does Rex, despite all of his problems, show his devotion to Jeannette during her college years?
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
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?
Essay Topic 3
Rose Mary tells Jeannette, as an adult, that her values are "all confused." What does Rose Mary mean?
1) How does Rose Mary view Jeannette's life and career?
2) What are Rose Mary's values like and how do Jeannette's differ?
3) What values or ideas do you think that they agree on? What is important to both of them?
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