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 Erma's reaction when the children tell their parents about the incident between her and Brian?

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

3. Why does Rex leave home and disappear for several days following the death of his mother?

4. What does Jeannette's mother reluctantly do to help keep the family together in Part 3?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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.

3. How does Rose Mary view her and Rex's living situation in New York? How do the other members of the family see things differently?

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

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

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

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

8. What changes does Jeannette make in her life after her father dies?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The relationship between the author and her parents is a very complex one. She is both fond of them and attempts to understand their behavior, and is shocked that they are able to be so childish and neglectful in providing for even the very basic needs of the children. Discuss this relationship with consideration to the following questions:

1) Discuss examples of the neglectful behavior described in the book. How are the parents negligent and how are the children able to get by in spite of this?

2) Relate examples of the positive experiences that the author has with each of her parents, and what she considers to be some of their positive characteristics.

Essay Topic 3

Although the Walls parents frequently put their children in dangerous situations, it is obvious that they do not believe that their philosophy of parenting is flawed. Discuss Rex and Rose Mary's philosophy of parenting.

1) How do they believe children should be treated? What do they think of as their responsibility as parents?

2) What do they consider the children's responsibilities within the family?

3) Give examples in which Rex or Rose Mary fail to act in a manner that would be considered responsible by most people. How do they justify their actions within the context of their philosophy of life?

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