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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. How does Jeannette's grandparents feel about her relationship with Dinitia?
2. How does Lori get burned at the house in Welch?
3. Why does Rex get upset about Maureen moving in with Lori?
4. Why does Jeannette end up stealing from her place of employment?
5. What does Jeannette find out about her mother's finances in Part 4 that surprises her?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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.
2. Why does the owner of the paper that Jeannette works for talk her out of taking a job at his newspaper?
3. What has the author found with her second husband that she did not have with her first?
4. Rex is largely absent from the family after they move to Welch. What has he been doing during this time?
5. How do the Walls parents fail to protect their children from Erma?
6. Why does Rose Mary decide to hang on to the diamond ring that the children find in the woods rather than selling it for much needed money? What does this say about her priorities?
7. 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?
8. How does the condition of the Walls family home worsen during the spring in Welch?
9. What are Jeannette's feelings towards her parents by the end of the book?
10. What are some of the reasons that the children do not like going to school in Welch?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The Walls children have a hard time adjusting to life as adults. How does each of them carry the scars of their neglectful childhood?
1) Compare Brian, Maureen, Jeannette, and Lori as adults. How are their lives alike, and how do they differ?
2) What difficulties has each of them faced as adults, and how successful have they been in overcoming or learning from these difficulties?
3) What good traits, or qualities has each of these children developed as a result of their "unique" childhood?
Essay Topic 2
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 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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