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

Literary elements are those parts of a literary piece that are always evident, such as character, setting, plot, etc. Literary devices are manipulations of both language and literary elements that occur in a particular story by the author to make the reading more interesting. Discuss and give examples of how Ellen Raskin handles either or both of these in a unique way to make her story more interesting to the reader.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

How can you tell that Sam Westing knew some of the heirs pretty well? Give examples to support your answer. Be sure to include the pairing of the heirs in your answer.

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