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Mills English 10 4th marking period The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls Study Guide and Socratic Seminar Questions Characters in the memoir: Jeanette Lori Brian Rex Juju Mom Grandma Smith Lily Ruth Maureen I: A Woman on the Street (pages 3-5) Literary Term: Memoir Vocabulary and Terms: Term Part of Pronunciation Speech Parched Ruddy Rattled Fretted Perfume atomizer Retrospective Electrolysis Invariably



Warm-up reflection: Youre the one who needs help. Your values are all confused (5). Who said this to whom? What do you think this person meant? Do you think this person is correct? How do you know (what is the evidence)?

II: The Desert (pages 9-125) Literary Term: Exposition: Symbolism: Tentatively Vulgar Rousing renditions Gestapo Posse Nomads Desolate Shiftless Crones Prospectors Severity Arroyos Saguaros Sluice gate AWOL USO Addled Flophouse Swaybacked blasphemy Diminutive (47) Puny (51) Improvised (51) Barite (54) Mediocre (54) Commissary (56)

Warm-up reflection: 1. One of them [nurses] squeezed my hand and told me I was going to be okay. I know, I said, but if Im not, thats okay too (10). 2. Doing the skedaddle (17)

3. We were sort of like the cactus. We ate irregularly, and when we did, wed gorge ourselves (22). 4. Why did Jeanette Walls title this book The Glass Castle (25)? 5. Mom always said people worried too much about their children. Suffering when youre young is good for you, she said. It immunized your body and your soul, and that was why she ignored us kids when we cried (28). 6. On page 35, the narrator describes her mothers reaction to finding a Joshua tree in the desert. Her mom thought it was one of the most beautiful trees she had ever seen, and she wanted to paint it. The narrator thought it was scraggly and freakish. How might this Joshua tree become a symbol or symbolic for the narrator? Hint: Its the Joshua trees struggle that gives it its beauty (38). 7. III: Welch (pages 129-241) IV: New York City (pages 245-288)