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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. Why does Brent like being in Texas?
2. In Chapter 5, when Brent enters a dining room, who fills him with envy?
3. Why does Grandma ask Jenny to stop in the middle of a street?
4. What does Brent buy after leaving the museum?
5. Who/what is Brent's sole company as he works on the next whiligig?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the wooden band whirligig. How does it move in the wind?
2. About what do the children warn Brent regarding the location of the wooden band whirligig?
3. What does Grandma know at the beginning of the journey that Jenny does not know? What makes the ride even more poignant with Jenny?
4. What does Tony tell Mr. Mintz about his summer vacation? How does Mr. Mintz use this information to help Tony?
5. 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?
6. Why is it easy for Brent to interact with the children as he builds the whirligig?
7. How does the boy's interest in the whirligig affect Brent?
8. What does the whale whirligig represent to Grandma?
9. What does Brent resolve to do as he reads his star guide book? How is he already accomplishing his goal with the whirligigs?
10. Describe Jenny's feelings towards Grandma.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
In Chapter 2, the author makes an abrupt transition from Brent's suicide attempt to two young girls' whirligig adventure. Why does the author choose such a transition? Does it add more depth to the story line? Compare the author's transition with a more predictable plot that would continue with the aftermath of Brent's probable tragedy.
Essay Topic 3
The campground setting appears several times in the book. Why is this setting so prevalent? Why is it appropriate for the first and last whirligig to be constructed on a campground?
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