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. Where do Rex and Rose Mary live when they eventually move to New York?

2. Why does Jeannette confront her mother and say she is acting like a child?

3. Where does Jeannette get a job in Part 3?

4. What happens to the money that Lori and Jeannette have been saving?

5. How do Grandpa and Uncle Stanley react to Erma?

Short Essay Questions

1. What plans do Lori and Jeannette begin to make for themselves at the end of Part 3?

2. Why is Jeannette so interested in going to Ginnie Sue's house? What is her visit like?

3. 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?

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

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

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

7. After the incident between the children and Erma, what does Jeannette begin to wonder about her father?

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

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

10. Why does Rose Mary quit her job, and what is Jeannette's reaction?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Life is hard for the Walls family wherever they go. However, in different places it is hard in different ways. Compare their lives in Phoenix, Battle Mountain, and Welch, answering each of the following questions about each location:

1) What are the family's basic living conditions like?

2) What is Rose Mary's emotional condition like and how does it affect the rest of the family?

3) Discuss Rex's emotional condition as well.

Essay Topic 3

The author is able to grow into a successful adult despite her upbringing. How does the author's difficult childhood contribute to the development of self-reliance and confidence? Cite specific instances in the book of both how her difficult circumstances cause her to become stronger, or more resourceful, and how others in her life help her.

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