The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls: Summary, Characters & Themes


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Why does Jeanette's dad use the ''Skedaddle'' when she's injured in The Glass Castle?

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1. Why is Welch, West Virginia, a disappointment to the Walls family in The Glass Castle?

2. What is Jeannette's one escape from her horrible life in West Virginia in The Glass Castle?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Glass Castle is a memoir by Jeannette Walls that recounts her tumultuous upbringing. Through asking questions about the plot, this quiz and worksheet combination seeks to test your knowledge of Walls' dramatic life.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be quizzed on:

  • The Walls' experience in Welch, West Virginia
  • How Jeannette and her sister's plan of escape is derailed
  • Jeannette's dad's use of 'skedaddle'
  • Which sibling does not adjust well to life in New York City
  • Jeannette's one escape

Skills Practiced

Be prepared to put the following skills to practice:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the book The Glass Castle
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what happens to Jeannette and Lori's plan to get out
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about why life in Welch, West Virginia is bad for the Walls family

Additional Learning

Learn more about this story by studying the accompanying lesson, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls: Summary, Characters & Themes. This lesson will address these topics:

  • Major characters in the story
  • The 'skedaddle' as it defines Jeannette's early life
  • The Walls in Battle, Nevada
  • Experiences in Phoenix, Arizona
  • The negative aspects of life in Welch, West Virginia
  • Jeannette and Lori's escape to New York City
  • Prevalent themes in the story