The Westing Game Questions and Answers

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The answer is: no one! Sam Westing died of old age, although he lived the last years of his life under a pseudonym (and in disguise, for part of the time, as Sandy McSouthers the doorman.) Turtle...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2009, 8:39 am (UTC)

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Angela Wexler is the bomber in The Westing Game. Despite Angela being a highly intelligent young woman, too many people judge her by her good looks. That people aren't prepared to see what's there...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2020, 11:37 am (UTC)

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No one killed Sam Westing. He faked his own death to get closer to his family. Sam Westing was rich, but he led a difficult life. His daughter died, and he left town. He decided to create a murder...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2016, 1:37 am (UTC)

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Dr. Jake Wexler is a forty-five-year-old podiatrist who is seemingly happy and content with life. Underneath his mask of happiness, humor, and wit, however, he's just a man in need of some...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2021, 6:29 am (UTC)

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In chapter 19, J. J. Ford reads Otis Amber's report, which happens to be a transcript from an interview with Berthe Erica Crow’s childhood friend, Sybil Pulaski. According to the transcript, Sybil...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2020, 8:52 pm (UTC)

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Madame Hoo, the immigrant wife of the owner of the Chinese restaurant at the top of Sunset Towers, has been stealing trinkets to sell in order to go back to China. She speaks very little English,...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2009, 8:01 am (UTC)

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The first significant event in The Westing Game is the filling of the apartment house, Sunset Towers. The residents have all been personally invited. The next important development is the discovery...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2020, 10:34 pm (UTC)

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In chapter 2, readers are told about Sandy McSouthers having been fired from his job at the Westing paper mill. “Serves him right,” Sandy said. At other times a cheery fellow, the doorman often...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2019, 2:29 pm (UTC)

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Chapter 16 sees Angela Wexler having a bomb blow up in her face. She is taken to the hospital for her injuries. The majority of the chapter has various characters then trying to figure out who the...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2018, 9:08 pm (UTC)

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Angela Wexler is Sam Westing’s grand-niece and she looks like his daughter. Grace Wexler, Angela’s mother, claims that Sam Westing is her uncle. This makes sense, because Grace Wexler looks like...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2016, 6:12 pm (UTC)

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Turtle Wexler memorizes her four-part clue and then proceeds to put the clues into her mouth, chew, and swallow them. Look to chapter 7 for the full narrative description of Turtle and her rather...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2020, 10:51 pm (UTC)

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The purpose of the party is to spy on the residents of Sunset Towers to see who is suspicious and find clues. Judge Ford decides to host an “informal party” in her apartment so that she can get to...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2016, 2:34 am (UTC)

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In Ellen Raskin's The Westing Game, while it is true that Turtle Wexler figured out all four of Sam Westing's identities, won the game, and later inherited $200 million, in reality all characters...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2016, 7:17 am (UTC)

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The character who changes the most in The Westing Game is probably Turtle Wexler. Throughout the course of the novel, she grows up from a defensive, neglected child into a successful business...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2021, 4:58 am (UTC)

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Foreshadowing is a technique used by writers where future events in a novel or story are suggested or hinted at by events in the present. This text uses foreshadowing in a number of different...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2013, 8:11 am (UTC)

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Sandy had a bruise even though Turtle never kicked him. Sandy apparently played chess with Theo when he supposedly could not play. When Sandy is supposedly dead, the others discuss his death....

Latest answer posted July 6, 2016, 9:46 pm (UTC)

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Alexander McSouthers, also known as "Sandy," is the doorman in the story, but he used to work at the Westing Paper factory. There are a couple of points in the novel that indicate he was fired for...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2015, 3:31 pm (UTC)

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The people living in the Sunset Towers realize early in The Westing Game that little items are disappearing or being stolen. Several of the items have both monetary and sentimental value....

Latest answer posted February 9, 2021, 1:37 pm (UTC)

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The shorthand notebook that the question is referencing is Sydelle Pulaski's notebook. She took notes in it in order to document what the will said the first time it was read through. The...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2017, 3:36 pm (UTC)

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Strictly speaking, Sandy, whatever he might think, did not actually invent paper innersoles. That distinction belongs to Mr. Hoo. His paper innersoles are simply the latest of his inventions. He...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2021, 7:50 am (UTC)

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Mr. Hoo did not like Mr. Westing because he felt that Westing had stolen his idea. Everyone at Sunset Towers was specifically chosen to be there, and even the businesses were designed for the...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2016, 9:05 pm (UTC)

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Sydelle Pulaski also limps. But it's a fake limp, a way of getting attention. Sydelle the secretary hobbles around unconvincingly on a crutch painted with purple waves, hoping for at least a...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2019, 7:42 am (UTC)

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Turtle is a great character in this story. She pushes other characters to act, she sniffs out the Sam Westing mystery, and she herself changes a fair amount throughout the story. This makes her...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2020, 4:20 am (UTC)

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There are a lot of conflicts in The Westing Game. Part of the reason for that is that the author crafted a story that contains a large cast of characters, and the author also does an admirable job...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2021, 5:05 am (UTC)

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Judge Ford owes Sam Westing money she can’t afford to pay back. When Sandy McSouthers tells Judge Ford that there is smoke coming from the Westing house, she has a strong reaction. He asks her if...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2016, 10:09 pm (UTC)

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In a passage near the end of Chapter 12, Turtle says that Sydelle Pulaski only uses her crutch as a means of getting attention. Angela says she believes that Turtle means that it is Sydelle's way...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2011, 11:40 pm (UTC)

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Berthe Erica Crow, the cleaning woman who worked for the other residents of Sunset Towers, and ran the Good Salvation Soup Kitchen with Otis Amber, is the former Mrs. Westing. She had been...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2009, 2:49 pm (UTC)

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The tenants of Sunset Towers were hand-picked. The first unusual thing about the Sunset Towers tenants is that the person who delivers the advertisement, Barney Northrup, is sixty-two years old....

Latest answer posted March 30, 2016, 9:29 pm (UTC)

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Yes, Theo wins the game played with an unseen opponent in Chapter 23. Only Theo, bent over the chessboard, said nothing. White had moved the king's bishop since the last meeting. It was his move....

Latest answer posted September 28, 2009, 3:46 am (UTC)

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Sydelle Pulaski had been dining at Shin Hoo's Restaurant and had just finished her meal. She had found the meal to be "superb", and had just gone to the kitchen to "give (her) compliments to the...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2009, 5:37 am (UTC)

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In the story, Judge J. J. Ford's full name is Judge Josie-Jo Ford. As the story begins, she is forty-two years old. She was educated at Columbia University and received her law degree from Harvard...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2016, 8:23 pm (UTC)

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Sam Westing and Bertha Crow’s daughter Violet died. Even though she never appears in the book, Violet Westing heavily influences events. Her death devastates her mother and father. It is the...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2016, 3:24 am (UTC)

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In The Westing Game, Flora Baumbach learns two trading terms used in relation to the stock market. The first of these is "bullish." This refers to a situation when investors are in a confident...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2018, 10:33 am (UTC)

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Judge Ford thinks that Westing is insulting her personally with the clues because they have a past together. There are several clues in this chapter that Judge Ford knew Samuel Westing well. First...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2015, 5:19 am (UTC)

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Angela Wexler's possible motive for killing Sam Westing might be to gain his inheritance. The money would allow her be independent, and pursue the career that she longs to have.Intelligent and...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2008, 6:27 am (UTC)

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Many of Sam Westing's heirs had motives to kill Mr. Westing. Grace Wexler is an ostentatious woman whose desire for wealth would be a major motivation for murder. Bertha Crow, who was married to...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2018, 12:16 pm (UTC)

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The answer to this question is subjective. Neither Turtle Wexler nor Sam Westing (Julian Eastman) explain to readers why Turtle should or did keep Westing's identities a secret. Turtle did...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2019, 3:41 am (UTC)

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Ellen Raskin's working title for The Westing Game was "Eight Imperfect Pairs of Heirs," so this is a fun question to explore! Although the sixteen heirs seem to be unlikely partners at first, we...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2021, 11:59 pm (UTC)

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Sam Westing was disguised as Sandy McSouthers, until he "died" on the day that the final part of Sam Westing's will was revealed. It was wintertime, not actually the Fourth of July, but the...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2009, 3:21 am (UTC)

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Mrs. Wexler's treatment of Turtle is quite un-mother-like. Mrs. Wexler often ignores or even forgets about Turtle; when she does pay attention to her, she usually disapproves of her and often...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2019, 11:42 pm (UTC)

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Theo and Angela confide in each other what they really want to do with their lives. Theo is “awed by the beautiful Angela,” whom he considers unattainable because she is older and engaged. When...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2016, 8:57 pm (UTC)

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When Mr. Hoo claims that the tea might be poisoned, Dr. Denton Deere diagnoses "paranoia". His diagnosis in this case is rather obvious, as the doorman, Sandy McSouthers, who is...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2009, 8:51 am (UTC)

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There are several things that are unusual about Sunset Towers. First of all, there is its name - the sun sets in the west, but Sunset Towers faces east, and it has no towers. The apartment...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2009, 2:14 am (UTC)

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A reader should look to the second half of chapter 20 for this answer. Judge Ford and Sandy are continuing their questioning of game players in order to find out more background information about...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2019, 12:59 pm (UTC)

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Turtle Wexler is able to profit from the storm by selling handmade candles at an exorbitant price. After the storm wipes out the electricity, Turtle goes door to door to sell her handmade candles....

Latest answer posted May 6, 2019, 10:10 pm (UTC)

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The second bomb to explode in The Westing Game goes off in Mr. Hoo's Chinese restaurant. At first, no one's quite sure what's happened. Grace Wexler claims it's a mishap and is nothing for anyone...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2020, 11:14 am (UTC)

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A bomb exploded in the kitchen of the Theodorakis' coffee shop. It was so sudden: the earsplitting bangs, the screams, the confusion. Theo and Doug ran into the kitchen; Mrs. Thodorakis ran...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2009, 11:20 am (UTC)

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In Ellen Raskin's The Westing Game, we learn most of the physical descriptions of Samuel W. Westing early on in the novel when Turtle, youngest daughter of Jake and Grace Wexler, reads the obituary...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2015, 11:49 pm (UTC)

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Chapter seven is a direct continuation of chapter six. Readers and the building's tenants are being informed of the rules of the game that is being presented to them. Rule number seven lists out...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2019, 10:30 pm (UTC)

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Originally, it is Chris' plan to tell his older brother Theo about the limping person he sees entering the Westing house. But when the time comes in Chapter three, we see that he tries and does...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2012, 2:04 pm (UTC)

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