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

2. Why does Jeannette end up stealing from her place of employment?

3. What is the high school guidance counselor's advice for Jeannette?

4. What event leads to Rex's becoming (temporarily) sober in Part 4?

5. Where do Jeannette and Lori first live in New York City?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What are some examples of how the Walls parents fail to provide for their children's needs during this first year in Welch?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rose Mary tells Jeannette, as an adult, that her values are "all confused." What does Rose Mary mean?

1) How does Rose Mary view Jeannette's life and career?

2) What are Rose Mary's values like and how do Jeannette's differ?

3) What values or ideas do you think that they agree on? What is important to both of them?

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

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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