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She gets offended because he says it in a way that makes their whole family seem like bad people.105.) Why does Rose Mary send Jeannette out to find her father, and not one of theother children?She believes that Rex likes Jeannette the most.106.) Why do you think Erma spent so much time preparing for her own funeral?She wanted to die and that is the only thing she cared about in her life. 107.) What is your opinion of Rose Mary’s assertion that sexual assault is a matter of perception? What burden does this statement place on Jeannette?I think that her assertion is not valid because anything that is unwanted is sexual assault. This leaves Jeannette thinking that her own mother does not have he back.(p186-198)
108.) What does Rose Mary do with the diamond? What does this reveal about her?She keeps it to replace the one Rex sold. This shows that she has low self esteem without the ring. 109.) What is ironic about Rose Mary’s assertion that welfare will psychologically damage her children?She is damaging her children by not providing things that are considered necessities. 110.) Why is Jeannette more comfortable with Dinita than she is with white children? 110.) Why would the Walls children be raised to be suspicious of government officers?The white children make fun of her. The family was always taught that government people are bad and would take the children away.111.) Why does Jeannette hate the man from child welfare, even though her own parents don’t take proper care of her? She thinks that he wants to separate her from her siblings.112.) Why does Rose Mary decide to get a job?So that she can prove to the welfare man that her children are in good hands. 112.) What effect does Rose Mary’s job have on their standard of living? Why don’t things improve more than they do?They use the money for food and buy furnaces like a refrigerator. They do not approved because they still do not have enough money.(p199-213)
113.) How does Dinita’s behavior change? What do you think is the reason behind the change?She starts to drink in school and distances herself from people. I think she changedbecause of her mother's new boyfriend. 114.) What aspect of her appearance most preoccupies Jeannette? What does she do about it? What do her attempts to fix this aspect reveal about her character?She is very insecure about her teeth. She attempts to make her own braces. This reveals that she is determined to change things that bother her and can be insecure. 115.) How does Rex react to Jeannette’s attempts to create her own braces? What do you think of his reaction?He agrees with her attempts and thinks that it is working. I think his reaction s supportive but also unfatherly like.116.) Why does Jeannette start working for the school newspaper? She had had past experience with this because of her mom’s failed teaching and also liked the atmosphere of the newsroom.