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178.) What is Rose Mary worried her daughter will become?She thinks she will become a republican because she is becoming wealthier.179.) What does Rose Mary think Jeannette should be writing about?180.) What is the real focus of Jeannette’s journalism?181.) What does Jeannette fear? Why?182.) What does Rose Mary ask Jeannette to do for her?She asked her to loan her 1 million dollars so she could buy her brothers land. 183.) What does Jeannette discover about her mother’s family property and what questions about her life are raised?She discovers that her property could be worth 1 million dollars and is disappointed because they grew up poor and barley fed. 184.) Why does Rose Mary refuse to sell her property? Is this a logical decision? How does it connect with the diamond ring incident from Jeanette's childhood?
185.) Why does Jeannette refuse to buy the family land for her mother?186.) How does her mother react to this decision? Why does she react this way?187.) What does Rex think of Brian’s career as a police officer? What childhood behaviors exhibited by Brian indicated that he might go into law enforcement?188.) What kind of life is Maureen living? Where do you think she learned this behavior?189.) Why do you think Maureen looks for men who will take care of her? How does this connect with the way Maureen lived in West Virginia?190.) Why does Jeannette think that Maureen is mentally ill?191.) Why does Rose Mary deny that Maureen tried to kill her?192.) Explain how each family member reacts to Maureen’s arraignment. What do these reactions reveal about each?193.) Why does Jeannette feel responsible for Maureen’s breakdown?194.) Why does the family get together after Maureen’s arraignment?195.) Why does Rex make up a story about his illness?
196.) What is the only way Jeannette can answer Rex’s question?197.) How do Rex and Jeannette feel about each other?198.) How would Rex Walls have preferred to die? Why?199.) How does Jeannette react to her father’s death?200.) Why does Jeannette divorce Eric? Do you think that this is connected to her father’s death? Why?Part V – Thanksgiving (p285-end)201.) Why does Jeannette close her memoir with a Thanksgiving reunion? What does the holiday suggest about life and family?202.) Why does Brian react with anger to the abundance of food at the dinner table?203.) What do you think of their toast to their father?204.) What does the fluttering of the candle flames suggest? Why does Jeanette end her memoir with this thought?