The Westing Game Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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

Parallelism is one of the literary devices used in The Westing Game. One example of parallelism is that of Angela/Theo and Violet Westing and George Theodorakis. Find at least one other example of parallelism in the novel and discuss it. What purpose would the author maybe have for including those examples of parallelism?

Essay Topic 2

There were many heirs that Sam Westing owed something to, either an apology or restitution in some way. Why would he choose to make restitution in the manner he did? Why not just meet the characters face-to-face and resolve their differences? Use clues given about Westing as a character that leads to understanding of his reasons for choosing the manner he did.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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