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The Westing Game

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Chris knows that once he signs the check and his partner Denton Deere gets his share of the $10,000, he will no longer keep visiting him to play the Westing Game.Chris, confined to a wheelchair,...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2008 1:13 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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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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Theo and Doug have called a meeting of the Westing Game players to discuss their clues. The two boys have not been able to make any sense of theirs, and were hoping that the others might want to...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2010 6:43 am 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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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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This is difficult question to answer directly. It is most helpful here to look at what the reader does know from this chapter and the surrounding context. It is in chapter 24 that the heirs...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2012 11:04 pm UTC

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On the first page of The Westing Game the reader is alerted that Barney Northrup is not what he appears to be: Then one day (it happened to be the Fourth of July), a most uncommon-looking delivery...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2009 4:29 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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Any and/or all of the characters that got a letter to partake in the "game" have motives to kill Sam Westing; this is one reason why they all suspect each other. They all know that each person has...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2018 12:49 am 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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Sam Westing's birth name is Windy Windkloppel. He is the ex-husband of Berthe Crow, and he changed his name to Sam Westing for business purposes. After all, who would buy a product called...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2018 5:43 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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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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Crow, whose full name is Berthe Erica Crow, is described as looking severe. She has very pale white skin, wears black clothes, and is rather gaunt. Mrs. Crow, a cleaning lady, is a religious person...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2017 12:34 pm UTC

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The story is a murder mystery about who killed Sam Westing, a paper products tycoon. Most of the plot revolves around a game his heirs play as part of his will. However, it turns out that Sam...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2016 10:59 pm 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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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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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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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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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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Although there are more than ten key events in The Westing Game, the following ten events provide a good overview of the novel's plot. 1. Tenants who have been hand-picked by Barny Northrup move...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2018 11:47 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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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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Individual readers are going to have differing opinions on exactly what messages the novel is trying to deliver to readers. In my opinion, I think the novel's main message to readers is focused on...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2018 12:26 pm UTC

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Unwittingly, Grace Wexler has just made a joke that she is unaware of. What she doesn't know and what her partner in the game does know, is that her husband actually likes to go to the bookies and...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2011 7:39 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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The clues on the paper are as follows: FOR PLAIN GRAIN SHED (Chris Theodorakis and Denton Deere) SEA MOUNTAIN AM O (Turtle Wexler and Flora Baumbach) FRUITED PURPLE WAVES FOR SEA (James Hoo and...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2018 10:34 pm UTC

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Upon questioning George Theodorakis in Chapter 20 of The Westing Game, Judge Ford and Sandy McSouthers learn of his history as Violet Westing's childhood sweetheart. Although the young lovers...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2018 4:11 am UTC

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In The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin, junior high student Turtle Wexler enters the mysterious Westing Mansion on Halloween night. Turtle has an agreement with teens Theo and Doug: they will pay her...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2019 1:12 am UTC

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Turtle Wexler, going into the old Westing house on a dare on Hallowe'en, finds what looks like a dead body. She assumes that it is Sam Westing, and the evidence given by the doctor in (the real)...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2010 1:11 pm 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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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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During the snowstorm, the heirs work on their clues to try to solve the mystery of the Westing Game. During the snowstorm, the inhabitants of Sunset Towers are “huddled in plotting, problem-solving...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2013 7:55 pm 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 does not think anyone is in the coffin. She thinks it is a wax dummy. Everyone assumes that billionaire Sam Westing died. However Judge Ford thinks that Samuel Westing was not in the...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2012 9:36 pm 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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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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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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