The Glass Castle Test | Final Test - Hard

Jeannette Walls
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Jeannette do with the stolen item from her job?

2. Where does Jeannette attend college?

3. What does Jeannette do when she decides she needs braces for her teeth?

4. What event throws Rex and Rose Mary into homelessness?

5. Why does Rex leave the job that has been arranged for him in Part 4?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Grandma Smith and Erma.

1) What, if any, traits or beliefs do the two women share?

2) How are there personalities different and how does this affect Jeannette's relationship with each of them?

3) How do the personalities of each of these grandmothers reflect on the behavior and personalities of their children (Rex and Rose Mary)?

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 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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