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 does Jeannette get a job in Part 3?

2. How did the Walls family heat their home during the winter?

3. What happens when Jeannette goes swimming in a public pool?

4. In 7th grade, Jeannette finds a sense of belonging by:

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

6. When Erma dies, how does the Walls family react? How is Rex's reaction different from the rest of the family?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rex's alcoholism is a major theme in the memoir. Although he occasionally is able to stop drinking for a short time, inevitably he returns to it. What personality traits and aspects of his background seem to contribute to his tendency toward alcoholism?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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