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. What do the children discover that their mother is doing while they have no food in the house?

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

3. What is the children's sleeping arrangement in their new home in Part 3?

4. What does Jeannette tell her parents about the social worker visiting the house?

5. What is Erma's reaction when the children tell their parents about the incident between her and Brian?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What incident leads Jeannette to finally making a friend in West Virginia?

5. How does Rex, despite all of his problems, show his devotion to Jeannette during her college years?

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

7. What is Rex's mother, Erma, like, and how does she differ from Grandma Smith?

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

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

10. What has the author found with her second husband that she did not have with her first?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jeannette's relationship with her mother is conflicted, yet she still feels a fondness and compassion for her as an adult. Discuss the relationship between these two women by answering the following questions:

1) How would you characterize the relationship between the two?

2) How does each of these women play both an adult and a child's role?

3) How does the relationship between them change over time?

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

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?

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