Whirligig Test | Final 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. Who is Deborah?

2. What does Brent study during breaks from building the third whirligig?

3. After finishing his journal entry, where does Tony look?

4. What does Brent do calm his frustrations?

5. Who is Trish?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the whale whirligig represent to Grandma?

2. How is dinner at the hostel different from Brent's dinner at home with his parents?

3. Describe the wooden band whirligig. How does it move in the wind?

4. In Chapter 6, what task has the fifth grade teacher assigned that is difficult for her student Tony? Why is the assignment so hard?

5. How does the boy's interest in the whirligig affect Brent?

6. What are some of Jenny's parents' actions that lead them away from their Jewish heritage? Why do they try to forget their roots?

7. What does Brent resolve to do as he reads his star guide book? How is he already accomplishing his goal with the whirligigs?

8. Which whirligig is at Tony's summer campground? How does Tony feel about the whirligig?

9. Why is it easy for Brent to interact with the children as he builds the whirligig?

10. When the chapter ends, what does Tony do that connects the little boy to his great-grandfather?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Discuss in detail at least three instances where Brent blames others for his own mistakes.

2) Explore how Brent could have saved himself a lot of unnecessary pain by taking ownership of his actions in each of the three incidents.

Essay Topic 2

Brent is forever changed after the automobile accident. Describe the old Brent as a person? How has he changed physically, mentally, and spiritually?

Essay Topic 3

Mrs. Zamora states that the universe required her daughter to die in the accident. What has the universe required of Brent following the accident? Why?

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