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. What is the setting of Chapter 7?

2. How was Mr. Westing's corpse found?

3. What made Chris so happy about the new seating arrangement that resulted in mixing up partners?

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

5. Why did Madame Hoo not attend the reading of the Will?

Short Essay Questions

1. At the first reading of the Will, what did Ed Plum give to each pair of heirs?

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

3. What two unusual things happened at the supposed empty Westing Mansion?

4. What two things did Turtle find in the mansion on Halloween night?

5. How didTurtle feel about Dr. Deere, Angela's fiance?

6. Why did Sydelle Pulaski walk with a gaily painted crutch, and for what reason did she claim to need it?

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

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

9. What happened in the coffee shop when the heirs were having a meeting?

10. What sort of letter did the tenants of Sunset Towers receive, and what did it instruct them to do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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 3

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.

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