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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

Compare and contrast Crow and Grace Wexler. What do they have in common, what is different about them? How do their personalities compare?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

One of the themes in The Westing Game is that of family. The heirs are all related in some way, except for Denton Deere, and he is Angela's fiance. However, by the end of the novel, other close ties are formed by the characters, making them a sort of "family" on a different plane. Discuss one or two of the relationships that develop and discuss why they may have formed that particular relationship. What needs for each character are being met? Give examples from the novel.

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