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The Westing Game Study Guide Chapter 1 – Sunset Towers Vocabulary – tenants, exclusive, plush, warped, stationery, alcove, bookie, chandeliers 1. What was unusual about Sunset Towers? 2. What was Sydelle Pulaski suspiciously staring at? 3. Explain why Barney Northrup is described as a good salesman? 4. List the different types of people that are the new tenants of Sunset Towers? 5. Which tenant do you think is “the mistake”? Explain your choice. Chapter 2 – Ghosts or Worse Vocabulary – stocky, maggots, gruesome, stubble, asylum 1. Who is Sandy McSouthers? 2. Describe Otis Amber? 3. What does Chris notice through his binoculars? Chapter 3 – Tenants In and Out Vocabulary – hassock, pudgy, lunatic, podiatrist, amputation, nape, gaunt, averted, putrid, rational 1. Describe Mrs. Wexler’s relationship with her two daughters. 2. Describe J.J. Ford. 3. According to Chris, what special talent does Theo have? Chapter 4 – The Corpse Found Vocabulary – receding, corpse, immigrant, meager, pyrotechnic, coroner, executor, beneficiary, heiress, legacy 1. Why was Doug Hoo standing outside the Westing House? 2. What did Turtle find when she first entered the Westing House? 3. Why do you think Sam Westing’s obituary mentions that he was a “dedicated gamesman and a master at chess”? Chapter 5 – Sixteen Heirs Vocabulary – appraise, mourning, monogram, relinquish, afflicted, aviator, invalid, convulsions, morbid, diagnosis, scrutiny, incompetence, poise 1. Who answered the door at the Westing House? 2. What surprised Turtle when she looked in the coffin? 3. Why is Judge Ford surprised to see E.J. Plum in charge of the Westing estate? 4. What did Sydelle Pulaski’s dress remind Turtle of? Chapter 6 – The Westing Will Vocabulary – verified, eccentric, appalled, purported, slur, autopsy, embalmed, cremated, culprit, corrupt, reverence 1. Why are the people at the Westing House surprised to hear the words “my sixteen nieces and nephews”? 2. What must the 16 “heirs” do if they want to “strike it rich”? 3. What is the second important piece of information revealed during the reading of the will? Chapter 7 – The Westing Game Vocabulary – jittery, forfeit, pompous, jaunty, token, indignant, shrewd, wafted, dialect 1. What is the object of “The Game”? 2. Why do you think Chris is so happy to be chosen to play the game? 3. Why do you think Sandy was so insistent that Judge Ford play the game? Chapter 8 – The Paired Heirs Vocabulary – rite, stint, pretentious, incriminating, pool, wreak 1. How does the weather affect the tenants of Sunset Towers in the morning? 2. How is Turtle able to profit from the storm? 3. What are many of the heirs doing on this particular day? 4. What is the one thing J.J. Ford hopes to do just once? 5. Why is Sydelle Pulaski so upset to discover her shorthand notes are missing? Chapter 9 – Lost and Found Vocabulary – filigree, tardy, defiantly, uppity, jabbering, hors d’oeuvres 1. What did someone find on the third floor balcony? 2. What does Turtle think the next part of the will would read? 3. Why do you think Grace is being so nice to Turtle? 4. Cite from this chapter proof that Grace favors Angela and dislikes Turtle. 5. What information does Judge Ford find that shows James Shin Hoo did not like Sam Westing? Chapter 10 – The Long Party Vocabulary: prattle, appetizer, paternal, embrace, humiliation, chiding, hobbled, coiffure, abstention, grimaced 1. Why was Grace Windsor Wexler on time for Judge Ford’s party this evening when normally she would arrive late? 2. Why is Sydelle disappointed that Angela changed out of her clothes? 3. Why does Angela rush into Judge Ford’s kitchen? Chapter 11 – The Meeting Vocabulary: lured, scoffing, contempt, vault, envy, sequined, larcenist, felon, alibis, sprawling 1. What dilemma did the tenants face as they awoke on the third snowbound morning? 2. Why could not one read Sydelle Pulaski’s shorthand? 3. What does Theo suggest to the tenants who have gathered in the coffee shop? 4. What confusion arises about Turtle’s real name? Explain the reason for this. 5. What question sis Judge Ford write on the paper? Do you think it is a good question? Chapter 12 – The First Bomb Vocabulary: woozy, transcribing, unbolted, paraphernalia, sappy, intern, prop, caption 1. What does Turtle demand that Angela return to her immediately? 2. According to Judge Ford, who are the four people with Westing connections? 3. Why does Judge Ford’s finger suddenly stop at the top of the list of detectives in the yellow pages? Chapter 13 – The Second Bomb Vocabulary: scrumptious, mementos, harried, baffled, woefully, pedicure, demeaning, bodice, ritual, waddled, petrified, distraught 1. What kind of timing device did the bomber use? 2. According to Sydelle, why is Chris’ disability an advantage? 3. What happened just as Otis Amber entered the restaurant? 4. Where was the bomber planning to set the next bomb? Chapter 14 – Paired Repairs Vocabulary: amends, brewery, contender, flattery, obsequious, gross, trousseau, patriotism, deception, remission, rigid 1. Why did Angela search under the hoods of the cars in the parking lot? 2. Why was Alexander McSouthers fired from his job at the Westing factory? 3. Why did Grace open the window despite the cold draft? Chapter 15 – Fact and Gossip Vocabulary: presided, injected, venom, profound, smirking, guffaw, interrogate, bribery 1. Why were Turtle and Sandy dubious about the “murder” of Sam Westing? 2. Why did Doug suspect that the murderer may have been a doctor? 3. Why is Judge Ford surprised at McSouthers’ description of Mrs. Westing? 4. Flora, Judge Ford, and Sandy notice a remarkable resemblance between Angela and what other person? Chapter 16 – The Third Bomb Vocabulary: impractical, vaguely, prank, amnesia, despondently, incriminating 1. Does Angela do anything to suggest that she may already know the contents of the gift wrapped in gold foil? 2. Describe Angela’s injuries. 3. Who does Sydelle think the bomber is? Chapter 17 – Some Solutions Vocabulary: incinerator, bonbons, culled, snooping, eluding 1. What are the two trading terms Flora learned? 2. After reexamining their clues, who does Grace and Mr. Hoo think is involved? 3. What does Theo discover when he analyses his clues? Chapter 18 – The Trackers Vocabulary: conferring, broker, propellant, ailment, malady, coyly, graft, swatches, neurologist, ransom 1. Who was Rosalie, and how did she die? 2. What is Doug Hoo’s assignment? 3. What letter does Otis Amber deliver? 4. What help does Denton have for Chris? Chapter 19 – Odd Relatives Vocabulary: soothes, penance, distorted, blotched, vengeance, chronic, covetousness, mutilator, manipulated 1. How does Turtle defend her use of a radio at school? 2. Who does Otis accuse of being responsible for the bombings? 3. How does Chris think the blank envelope ended up in his pocket? 4. According to Judge Ford, what is Westings first mistake? Chapter 20 – The Confessions Vocabulary: legitimate, sprinted, wincing, faltered, hack, eloped, plotted, loathed 1. What was the price of WPP at two o’clock? 2. Why didn’t Doug’s feet hurt anymore? 3. Why does George falter when telling the story of Violet Westing? 4. Who does Judge Ford believe must be protected and why? Chapter 21 – The Fourth Bomb 1. What is on the reverse side of the bomber’s note? 2. What does Turtle confess to the judge? Chapter 22 – Losers, Winners 1. What is the significance of Turtle’s comment that her mother would be upset if she knew she the real bomber was? 2. Why would it be difficult to recognize Sam Westing now? 3. Who does Judge Ford think was actually in the coffin? Chapter 23 – Strange Answers 1. What does Turtle convince Angela not to do? Chapter 24 – Wrong All Wrong 1. Since they can no longer work as partners, what does Theo suggest they heirs do? 2. What happens to Sandy towards the end of the chapter? 3. Do you think Berthe Erica Crow is telling the truth? Explain your answer. Chapter 25 – Westing’s Wake 1. What does Denton Deere accuse Turtle of doing? 2. How does Turtle respond? Chapter 26 – Turtle’s Trial 1. Why is everyone surprised when Otis Amber testifies? 2. What did Sandy’s flask contain according to Turtle? 3. What are the two disguises Sam Westing has assumed, according to Judge Ford? Chapter 27 – A Happy Fourth 1. What announcement does Edgar Jennings Plum make? 2. Which heir wins, and explain how they solve the puzzle? Chapter 28 – And Then . . . 1. Whose wedding is Turtle going to be late for? 2. How did Judge Ford intend to repay her debt to Sam Westing? 3. Describe the changes in Angela’s life. Chapter 29 – Five Years Pass 1. Why is Mr. Hoo almost happy? 2. What good things had happened to Chris? 3. Who is the chess master that T.R. Wexler finally defeated? Chapter 30 – The End 1. What has happened to Judge Ford? 2. Why did Turtle lie about Otis Amber? 3. What does Eastman know about Angela that surprises Turtle? 4. What is ironic about Jake Wexler’s new position?
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