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 is the Walls new house in Part 3 like?

2. What does Jeannette decide to do instead of following the guidance counselor's advice?

3. What do Jeannette and Brian find when they are foraging in the woods?

4. What does Jeannette find out about her mother's finances in Part 4 that surprises her?

5. How does Jeannette describe her and Lori's first apartment together in New York?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What are Jeannette's feelings towards her parents by the end of the book?

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

5. What plans do Lori and Jeannette begin to make for themselves at the end of Part 3?

6. 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?

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

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

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

10. What are some of the reasons that the children do not like going to school in Welch?

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

The title of the memoir is significant in its symbolism as something unfinished, or unrealized within the author's family. Discuss the title and its significance, considering the following:

1) How does the glass castle represent the unrealized dreams of the family, or the things that the family may never have?

2) What does the glass castle mean to Rex? How does it represent Rex's unrealized potential?

2) Why do you feel that the author chose this title? How does it relate to the memoir as a whole, and to her feelings about her childhood?

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