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

2. Who is John?

3. What does Jeannette do with the stolen item from her job?

4. The Walls' parents refuse to accept help from their children. Why?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

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

3. 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?

4. How does the condition of the Walls family home worsen during the spring in Welch?

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

6. How do the Walls parents fail to protect their children from Erma?

7. What happens to the family's money when Jeannette is put in charge of managing it while her mother is gone?

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

9. What is Jeannette's reaction when a social worker comes to visit the home, and what does she tell her parents about it?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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