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 do the children go to shower after there is no longer any bathroom in their house?

2. How does Erma differ from Grandma Smith?

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

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

5. Who is Dinitia?

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

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

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

5. Recount some of the events that demonstrate Maureen's difficulty in adapting to life as an adult.

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. What events help form Jeannette's desire to be a professional writer?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Rose Mary's philosophy is that art and freedom are more important than material things. However, she takes this philosophy too far in failing to provide for her children's basic needs. Describe Rose Mary's philosophy of life and parenting. Consider:

1) What is it that makes it so difficult for her to take responsibility?

2) How is she able to justify allowing her children to live in impoverished conditions because of her choices?

3) Recount a few of her actions that demonstrate her philosophy in action.

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