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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 sits atop the new whirligig?
2. Where does Brent have dinner in Chapter 7?
3. What is Grandma's first language?
4. What meaning does the whale whirligig have for Grandma?
5. What musicians are represented on the third whirligig?
Short Essay Questions
1. Which whirligig is at Tony's summer campground? How does Tony feel about the whirligig?
2. Describe Jenny's feelings towards Grandma.
3. Why does Brent enjoy returning to the Sand Dollar Cafe?
4. 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?
5. Describe the wooden band whirligig. How does it move in the wind?
6. 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?
7. How does the boy's interest in the whirligig affect Brent?
8. What has Tony failed to do that lands him in trouble with Mr. Mintz?
9. 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?
10. What are some of Jenny's parents' actions that lead them away from their Jewish heritage? Why do they try to forget their roots?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
After hearing Brent's story, the artist tells Brent that everyone makes mistakes, and he is forgiven. Discuss why this is an important moment in Brent's life. How will this moment affect Brent's dealings with other people?
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
Develop an analogy based on the changes which Brent experiences throughout the book.
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