The Westing Game Questions Ch 1-8

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What was unusual about Sunset towers?
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they faced east and the sun set in the west
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What was unusual about Barney Northrup?
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there was no such person as Barney Northrup
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What did Barney Northrup say that caused Jake to wonder?
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that the rent on this apartment would cost him less that the upkeep on his older home; he wondered how Barney would have known that
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Where was Sydelle Pulaski directing a suspicious stare?
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she was staring at the westing mansion on the north cliff which hadn’t been lived in for 15 years
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How did Barney finally convince Sydelle to take the apartment?
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he told her that there were 20 people begging for the place
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Explain why Barney could be described as a good salesman.
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he rented out all the apartments in one day and curiously their names had already been printed on the mailboxes
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Describe how Mr. Hoo felt about the grand opening of his restaurant.
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He was disappointed as it had only 3 people in attendance
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Who was Sandy McSouthers?
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a broad, stocky doorman who had previously been employed in the Westing papermill
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What surprised Turtle about the Westing house?
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she observed smoke rising from the chimney, indicating someone might be living there
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Describe Otis Amber.
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a small, wiry, 62 year old delivery boy with gray stubble who was sporting a leather aviator helmet
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Who were the \”unfortunate fellows\” of Westing town?
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2 fellows that took a bet for a dollar that they couldn’t stay in the spooky Westing house for 5 minutes. After a minute they came running from the house and one of them ran off a cliff, the other had blood dripping from his hands; he ended up in the mental hospital
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What does Chris notice from his binoculars?
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he sees someone with a limp entering the Westing house
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Why is Angela Wexler standing on a hassock?
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she is getting fit for her wedding dress by Flora who is a dressmaker
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What caused Angela to let out a small cry?
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she was surprised to see smoke rising from the Westing house
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Describe Mrs. Wexler’s relationship with her daughters.
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She thinks Angela is beautiful and precious whereas she thinks Turtle is a smart-mouth
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Describe J. J. Ford.
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A tall black women with a touch of gray hair; the first black woman to be elected a judge in the state
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According to Chris, what special talent did his brother Theo possess?
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making up stories
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What was in the long package that Sydelle was carrying?
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crutches
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Why was Doug Hoo stationed outside the Westing house?
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he was the timekeeper in the dare; he was tracking how long Turtle would stay in the Westing house
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Why did Turtle have her mother’s silver cross in her pocket?
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She believed there might be vampires in the Westing house and wanted to ward them off
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Why had Turtle carried a billiard cue upstairs?
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to use it as a weapon to defend herself, if necessary
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What did Turtle encounter when entering the Westing house?
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a corpse believed to be that of Sam Westing
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Why were 16 people asked to go to the south library of the Westing house?
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they would be named as beneficiaries in the estate of Sam Westing and were asked to attend the reading of the will
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Who was greeting the beneficiaries at the Westing mansion?
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Crow, the sunset towers cleaning woman
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What was Turtle startled when she looked in the coffin?
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Because the body was wearing an Uncle Sam costume and her mother’s silver cross was in the coffin
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What is Denton Dee’s diagnosis of Chris?
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that he suffers from \”pyramidal tract involvement\”
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Why is Judge Ford surprised to see E. J. Plum in charge of the Westing estate?
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she thinks he is incompetent and is surprised he was chosen to read the will
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What did the design on Sydelle’s Pulaski’s dress remind Turtle of?
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Purple waves and how one of the \”unfortunate fellows\” was babbling about purple waves
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When the will is first read, why are those present shocked to hear the words \”my 16 nieces and nephews?\”
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because those present didn’t believe they were even related to Sam Westing
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What is the 2nd important piece of information revealed during the reading of the will?
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Sam Westing accuses one of the 16 heirs as being his murderer
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What must the potential beneficiaries do if they wish to \”strike it rich?\”
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they must agree to play the Westing game
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What was the object of the Westing game?
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to Win!
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Why was Chris happy to be selected to play?
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he was finally included and part of the outside world, plus he thought it more exciting than watching TV
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Why does Bertha Crow shriek?
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E.J. Plum steps on her sore toe
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After the reading of the will, what did the tenants wake to the following morning?
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15 foot snowdrifts, as there was a snow storm during the night
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How was Turtle able to profit from the snow storm?
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She sold her homemade candles for $5 a piece
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What does J. J. Ford want to do just once?
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To beat Sam Westing as his own game
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Why is Sydelle Pulaski upset when she discovers her notebook is missing?
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she took notes during the reading of the will and was hoping her notes would help her solve the clues

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