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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 does Rex tell Jeannette when he takes her to the bus station in Part 3?
2. Why does Rex leave the job that has been arranged for him in Part 4?
3. What does Jeannette do when she decides she needs braces for her teeth?
4. Where do Rex and Rose Mary live when they eventually move to New York?
5. How does Jeannette handle the family's finances while her mother is out of town?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. Rex is largely absent from the family after they move to Welch. What has he been doing during this time?
3. Describe Jeannette's reaction when her mother comes to her, begging her and her new husband to buy some property in Texas that abutted her own.
4. What happens to the family's money when Jeannette is put in charge of managing it while her mother is gone?
5. Recount some of the events that demonstrate Maureen's difficulty in adapting to life as an adult.
6. How does the condition of the Walls family home worsen during the spring in Welch?
7. How are Brian, Maureen, and Jeannette's ways of coping with their home life differ? What does each of them do?
8. After the incident between the children and Erma, what does Jeannette begin to wonder about her father?
9. Why does the owner of the paper that Jeannette works for talk her out of taking a job at his newspaper?
10. What events help form Jeannette's desire to be a professional writer?
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
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 3
The Walls siblings all find different ways to deal with their difficult circumstances. Compare and contrast the responses of Lori, Maureen, Brian, and Jeannette to the stresses of living without resources.
1) How does each of the children deal with their problems emotionally?
2) How do some, if any, of the children work together to relieve some of their misery?
3) What does each of the children do to try to get what they need?
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