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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. What happens to the money that Jeannette is supposed to use to feed the family in Part 3?
3. How does Jeannette's grandparents feel about her relationship with Dinitia?
4. What does Rose Mary tell the kids when they complain about their living conditions?
5. After Jeannette gets a divorce, what type of life does she choose to live?
Short Essay Questions
1. After the incident between the children and Erma, what does Jeannette begin to wonder about her father?
2. Describe Rex and Rose Mary's living arrangements and lifestyle in New York.
3. What events help form Jeannette's desire to be a professional writer?
4. 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?
5. Why do Rex and Rose Mary follow their children to New York City to live?
6. What potentially dangerous situation does Rex put Jeannette in while her mother is out of town for training?
7. Recount some of the events that demonstrate Maureen's difficulty in adapting to life as an adult.
8. What are some of the reasons that the children do not like going to school in Welch?
9. How does Rex, despite all of his problems, show his devotion to Jeannette during her college years?
10. What happens when Jeannette makes an attempt to fix up her family's ramshackle home in West Virginia?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Throughout the book, Rex has difficulty holding a job and fully realizing his responsibilities, yet he does love his children and expresses it as best he can. Describe the dysfunctional yet caring relationship between this father and his children. Discuss examples of both times he failed his children, as well as and in which he was able to 'come through' or express his love for them in a meaningful way.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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?
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