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 incident gets Maureen sentenced to one year in the hospital?

2. How does Jeannette finance her rent during her college years?

3. How does Rex put Jeannette in a potentially dangerous situation in Part 3?

4. How does Erma differ from Grandma Smith?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Jeannette so interested in going to Ginnie Sue's house? What is her visit like?

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

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

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

5. Why does Rose Mary quit her job, and what is Jeannette's reaction?

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

7. Rex is largely absent from the family after they move to Welch. What has he been doing during this time?

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

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

10. What plans do Lori and Jeannette begin to make for themselves at the end of Part 3?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Throughout the book, Rex has difficulty holding a job and fully realizing his responsibilities, yet he does love his children and expresses it as best he can. Describe the dysfunctional yet caring relationship between this father and his children. Discuss examples of both times he failed his children, as well as and in which he was able to 'come through' or express his love for them in a meaningful way.

Essay Topic 3

The author's views of what is important and what will bring her happiness change throughout the book. Discuss how her ideas of a good life evolve from childhood into adulthood. Consider:

1) What things does Jeannette hope for as a child?

2) What is her life like as an adult, and is she happy?

3) Do Jeannette's values change throughout her life, or is she essentially the same person?

4) What does Jeannette ultimately decide that she has been looking for, and where does she find it?

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