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. For what purpose do Jeannette and Brian start digging a large hole in the backyard?

2. How does Jeannette's grandparents feel about her relationship with Dinitia?

3. Where does Jeannette attend college?

4. How does Jeannette help Dinitia's brother?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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. What potentially dangerous situation does Rex put Jeannette in while her mother is out of town for training?

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

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

7. What happens when Jeannette makes an attempt to fix up her family's ramshackle home in West Virginia?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

One of the author's earliest memories is of being badly burned while she is cooking by herself as a small child. She spends several weeks in the hospital, during which time she is not unhappy. In fact, she responds to the incident in a calm manner that belies her age.

1) What are Jeannette's memories of the incident? How does she react to the staff at the hospital?

2) How does Jeannette respond to the staff when they tell her that she is going to be all right?

3) What is her father's response to the incident? Do you find it surprising, or is it typical of him?

4) What do both Jeannette's and her parents' way of dealing with this incident say about each of their personalities and ways of approaching life?

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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