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. Where was the next bomb planned to be?

2. Who is Barney Northrup?

3. What did Turtle think the expression, "Take stock in America," meant from the Will?

4. Why didn't Mrs. Hoo attend the first meeting for the reading of the Will?

5. Why couldn't the thief read the shorthand notes after they were stolen?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Angela search under the hoods of the cars in the parking lot?

2. Why was there to be no liquor served at Crow and Otis Amber's wedding?

3. Why was Judge Ford so concerned about Crow in Chapter 22?

4. What did Grace Wexler do that Mr. Wexler anticipated her to do and this included in the Will?

5. What happened that meant Mrs. Hoo no longer had to wear dresses with splits, or cook any longer?

6. How did Judge Ford react when told by Sandy that Jake Wexler was a bookie?

7. Who was Rosalie and how did she die?

8. Why did the bomb squad seem indifferent to the fact that Turtle had been blasted by the latest bomb?

9. Why was Turtle so happy at the last meeting of the heirs?

10. What did Turtle mean by the expression, "Paper losses. . .doesn't mean a thing"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

One of the devices in novel writing is to show growth/changes in the characters. In the Westing Game, the characters are somewhat equally important. Choose any one character and fully discuss that character's growth over the course of the novel. Be sure to show examples from the text to support your answer.

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