The Westing Game Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What exciting story did Turtle have to tell her family, but decided not to tell all the details?

2. When E.J. Plum started the reading of the Will, what do readers find out about why the residents of Sunset Towers were included in the Will?

3. What object was in the center of the library when the heirs gather there?

4. What name did Turtle tell Flora was her real name?

5. What is one trait of the Sunset Towers apartment building?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is meant by the expression, "to go on the wagon"?

2. After examining all her information for the newspaperman, who did Judge Ford believe must be protected from Westing's mischief and why did she think this?

3. When did the second bomb go off?

4. Why did the Judge Ford warn Sandy that they needed to keep their wits about them in Chapter 24?

5. What did the fireman and policeman say caused the explosion?

6. What did Wexler say he knew that no one else did?

7. Why did the bomb squad seem indifferent to the fact that Turtle had been blasted by the latest bomb?

8. Why were the tenants purchasing so many Westing Paper Products?

9. What story did Sandy and Otis tell about the Westing Mansion?

10. Why did Sydelle dress for the meeting in red and white stripes and decorate her cane with stars on blue?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

One of the themes of the Westing Game is games and game-playing. The most obvious games are the chess game and the Will. However, there are other examples of game-playing in the novel. Give examples of game-playing from the novel and discuss them and their impact on the plot.

Essay Topic 2

The Judge and Sandy do quite a bit of research and an elaborate analysis of the clues. They never, however, discover the true solution to the puzzle. Where did they err? Given the same knowledge, why did they not come up with the same solution that Turtle did? Did Sandy, as Westing, affect the conclusion in any way? Show examples from the text where he may have given a false clue, leading Judge Ford to make the wrong assumption.

Essay Topic 3

Sam Westing is a very unusual character, both in his original identity and in his disguises. What are some of the unusual character traits of Sam and his disguises? What are some traits that the characters/disguises have in common? Why does he use disguises? Do any of his disguises strongly hint at what Westing is REALLY like? Support your ideas with examples from the book.

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