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

2. How do the Walls children get along socially at their new school in Part 3?

3. How do Grandpa and Uncle Stanley react to Erma?

4. How do Jeannette's views of her parents' behavior change as she develops into a teenager?

5. What does Jeannette plan to do after high school?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

6. How do the Walls parents fail to protect their children from Erma?

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

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

9. What happens when Jeannette makes an attempt to fix up her family's ramshackle home in West Virginia?

10. What has the author found with her second husband that she did not have with her first?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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