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

2. In Chapter 6, what is the fifth grade teacher's name?

3. Where does Brent go after he leaves the dining hall?

4. In Chapter 8, what serves as Brent's alarm clock on the beach?

5. Why does Jenny not want to drive Grandma anywhere?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Up until this point in his life, Brent has never had any interests other than looking cool. What new interests are now filling Brent's spare time? What role models have helped him establish these other interests?

3. What does Tony finally write in his journal? What does he do to emphasize the truth in his entry?

4. As Brent steps into the hostel's dining hall, he sees a bearded man playing a concertina for the guests. Why does Brent admire this man? What is Brent thinking as he watches the bearded man entertain?

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

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

7. What has Tony failed to do that lands him in trouble with Mr. Mintz?

8. Emil makes a comment to Brent that his father had told him that teachers live forever through their students. When Brent hears this, what person in his past comes to mind? What do her words mean to Brent at the time she speaks to him? What realization has Emil's sharing brought to Brent?

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

10. What does Grandma know at the beginning of the journey that Jenny does not know? What makes the ride even more poignant with Jenny?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the story, Brent's parents unknowingly sabotage Brent's life. Give examples of their well meaning actions that have failed to benefit Brent.

Essay Topic 2

Explore the wooden band whirligig's effect on Flaco's life. What changes does he make in his life because of the whirligig? What remains the same in his life?

Essay Topic 3

At the beginning of the book, Brent's self-worth is based on material things.

1) Provide details about Brent's behavior that support the above statement.

2) Discuss aspects of Brent's family life which could have precipitated his false value system.

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