Whirligig 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. At the beginning of Chapter 4, what is the man doing?

2. Where are Brent's hands as Chapter 1 comes to a close?

3. How does Brent feel about Mrs. Zamora's request?

4. In what grade is Stephanie at the beginning of Chapter 2?

5. Which expressway does Brent take after leaving the party?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is "ouija walking?" Who invents it? How does this exemplify the inventor's personality?

2. Summarize the transition from Brent's suicide attempt in Chapter 1 to the two friends' whirligig adventure in Chapter 2. What is the significance of the transition?

3. What is guided imagery? Why does Alexandra believe in it? What happens on the adventure that turns Steph into a believer?

4. Is Brent still preoccupied with his own life in Chapter 3? Give details to support.

5. At the beginning of Chapter 3, where is Brent Bishop? What thoughts are going through his mind?

6. Describe Brent's exit from the party.

7. What bird disappoints Flaco? Why?

8. What is the difference between retribution and restitution? Why has Mrs. Zamora asked for restitution from Brent?

9. How does Brent spend the hours right before the party?

10. What does Brent recall about the automobile accident? How do his parents try to keep him from knowing facts about the accident?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Develop an analogy based on the changes which Brent experiences throughout the book.

Essay Topic 2

Whirligigs affect people of all ages in the book. Select two characters who are from different generations and describe how their individual experience with a whirligig is unique to their age.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the symbolism of the whirligig and its ability to sew seeds of wishes into the future. Does the whirligig really have that power, or do the characters using guided imagery actually bring about their desired outcomes through their own actions?

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