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. In Chapter 13, who did Flora say Angela looked like?

2. Why did Turtle kick everything in her room as she left in Chapter 9?

3. How did Turtle get into Westing Mansion?

4. What was strange about the Will?

5. Which of the following did not happen to Westing?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Turtle and Flora differ in their interpretation of what it meant to "Buy Westing Paper Products?"

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

3. Why was Judge Ford surprised at McSouthers' description of Mrs. Westing?

4. Why was Mrs. Hoo missing from the group of heirs, and what did this indicate about her daily life?

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

6. Why did Sydelle want Angela to dress as her twin for the party?

7. How did Turtle think Westing meant for them to use the $10,000? What clues from the Will lead her to believe that?

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

9. What did the newspaperman find out about Mr. Hoo?

10. When did the second bomb go off?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Every character in a well-written novel serves a purpose for being in the story. All of the characters in the Westing Game are either related to Westing on some level or were relatives of Westing - except for Denton Deere. What might Westing's purpose have been for including Deere among the heirs? What did Deere do that would help serve Westing's purpose? Use examples from the book to show Deere's possible purpose in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Deductive reasoning is a technique for taking meaning from a work of literature. It involves logic: the conclusion drawn when fact one relates in a certain way to fact two. However, often an invalid logic statement results when fact one and fact two are not true. The conclusion is therefore not true, though the relationship between the first two facts is logical. Find an example of such a situation in the novel and discuss it fully.

Essay Topic 3

Why do you think Sam Westing devised the Westing game? What insight into his thoughts does the author give us as clues to his motives? What do you think about his motives? Do you approve of what he did, or not? Why or why not? Give examples from the book for your answers, including why you may or may not approve of his motives - i.e., how did what he do affect the various characters?

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