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

Ellen Raskin has stated that the character she most identifies with from the novel is Angela. However, Turtle develops into being the main character. Why is Turtle the best choice to be the main character? Give examples from the book as to why Turtle makes the best main character. What about some of the other characters and their feelings about Westing? How would that make them not the most likely main character? Give examples from the novel about how Turtle feels about Westing in all his disguises.

Essay Topic 2

The pairings of the heirs is very unusual. In what ways are the pairings not what might be expected? How did they work out better than anticipated? Chris said that everyone had the perfect partner. Choose 3 partnerships and explain how they were perfect in an expository essay. If you don't think they were perfect, discuss the reasons for your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

One of the traits of the mystery genre is a crime. There is not truly a crime committed in The Westing Game, so how can it still be considered a mystery? What makes it a mystery? Use examples from the book to defend your answer.

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