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. In Chapter 5, when Brent enters a dining room, who fills him with envy?

2. Why is Brent filled with envy when he enters the dining room?

3. What does Tony write about his vacation?

4. Where do the billboards announcing the Key Lime Pie Belt first appear on Brent's bus trip?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Where does the drive take Jenny and Grandma?

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

5. What does Tony tell Mr. Mintz about his summer vacation? How does Mr. Mintz use this information to help Tony?

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

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

8. 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?

9. Why does Brent enjoy returning to the Sand Dollar Cafe?

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

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 2

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 3

In Chapter 6, Tony is a mischievous little fifth grader. Discuss Tony's sense of humor and how he uses it to make the best of a bad situation.

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