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 feel is missing in his life?

2. What sits atop the new whirligig?

3. What pledge does Tony break while on summer vacation?

4. What does Brent resolve as he is studying during his breaks.

5. Why does Brent like being in Texas?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What effect do her parents' actions concerning their Jewish heritage have on Jenny?

4. 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?

5. Why does Brent refuse to use the Visa card which his parents have given him for the trip? What does this say about his new sense of responsibility?

6. What does the whale whirligig represent to Grandma?

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

8. 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?

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

10. What is the shape of Brent's new whirligig? What sits on top? How long does it take to build? What virtue does Brent display while creating the intricate display?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the tangible and intangible gifts Emil shares with Brent. How do the two kinds of gifts interact?

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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