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 Maureen spend most of her time during her adolescence?

2. What does Jeannette do about her schooling when she moves to New York?

3. What event precipitates the argument in which Erma ends up hitting Lori?

4. What is Brian's occupation in Part 4?

5. Where do Rex and Rose Mary live when they eventually move to New York?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Why does the owner of the paper that Jeannette works for talk her out of taking a job at his newspaper?

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

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

6. What happens to the family's money when Jeannette is put in charge of managing it while her mother is gone?

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

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

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

10. 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.

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

In many ways, the author looks up to her father even as he makes poor decisions that affect the family negatively.

1) Discuss the author's conflicting view of her father as protector/provider and an alcoholic.

2) How does the author want the world to see or understand her father? What does she tell other people about him?

3) Do you think that she idealizes her father or that she is simply being fair in looking at the whole person, rather than the poor decisions that he makes?

Use specific examples from the book to illustrate your points.

Essay Topic 3

The author is able to grow into a successful adult despite her upbringing. How does the author's difficult childhood contribute to the development of self-reliance and confidence? Cite specific instances in the book of both how her difficult circumstances cause her to become stronger, or more resourceful, and how others in her life help her.

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