Whirligig Questions and Answers

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In chapter two, Stephanie, a girl of thirteen or fourteen, is the narrator. Her best friend, Alexandra, is taking her to the whirligig to teach her about the power of thoughts and visualization....

Latest answer posted August 21, 2018 4:13 am UTC

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Chapter three is called “The Afterlife.” Here we learn that Brent wasn’t sentenced to jail time or to a stint in a detention center, as a result of causing the car accident that killed Lea Zamora....

Latest answer posted June 2, 2016 10:29 pm UTC

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The whirligig comes to symbolize, at first, the constant pressure to succeed that Tony feels from his parents, and then, later, the need for rest. Tony, a Korean boy, feels under tremendous...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2017 1:50 pm UTC

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In the chapter, Brent arrives in Beale Beach, Florida. After settling in, he begins work at one of three picnic tables near a boarded-up ice cream shop. The beach area is empty, and Brent works...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2018 7:32 pm UTC

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While this chapter doesn't come right out and point out the whirligig, when the man gets off the boat and walks down the pier, he stops to look at the "wooden marching band." This is the whirligig...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2010 6:55 am UTC

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There are nine chapters in the novel Whirligig. Chapter Eight is titled San Diego, California. As the chapter begins, Jenny is portrayed as a typical fifteen year old teenager. It is her task to...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2016 7:44 pm UTC

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In Chapter 5, titled "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," Brent realizes that he hasn't packed any long-sleeved shirts, nor has he remembered to pack shampoo. As a result, he's too cold, and his hair is...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2016 11:39 pm UTC

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In the beginning of the book, Brent is just like any normal teenager who struggles to find his place among his high school peers. He is perhaps a little self-conscious, but he knows that he has to...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2016 2:28 pm UTC

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In Chapter 9, I actually found seven references comparing whirligigs to other objects and people. I've listed them below in the order in which they appear in the chapter. 1. The final whirligig...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2016 3:36 pm UTC

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The whirligig Brent builds in Maine is the largest and most intricate of the four. He stays at a campsite which is described as peaceful and calm. By this point in the novel, Brent is ready to face...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2018 7:05 pm UTC

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For his birthday, Tony asks "for a new baseball mitt, a remote-control car, a Nintendo, and a gift certificate to Sam's Sports Cards". He receives "...two shirts, a microscope, a new music...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2009 2:53 am UTC

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In chapter 5 of Whirligig, Brent's on his way to San Diego after having had a pretty unpleasant time of it in San Francisco. The experience hasn't been a dead loss, however, as he's bought himself...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2018 7:02 am UTC

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If you are referring to the female artist Brent met in Weeksboro, Maine, the answer is that the author never reveals the name of the woman. Both Brent and the artist share an intimate...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2016 2:19 pm UTC

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Brent's apprentices in Chapter 7 are a group of young children who happen to come around as he is constructing his whirligig on the beach near the small town of Beale Beach, Florida. At first...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2009 11:32 am UTC

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Brent turns up to a chess-themed party despite not having been invited. At that party, the host Chaz plans a giant chess game, and wants Brent to be one of the pieces. Brent is none too pleased at...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2019 11:00 am UTC

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In Chapter Eight, Jenny takes her grandmother for a drive. Although Jenny is anxious about driving a manual car, her grandmother seems to be oblivious to Jenny's discomfort. Before long, Jenny...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2016 8:17 pm UTC

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Brent is an only child. His family is materially well-off, and his life is comfortable, although his parents seem to be emotionally distant. Brent and his family have been in Chicago for only a few...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2010 6:23 am UTC

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Brent Bishop appears to us as an aimless teenager in the first chapter of the book. He just goes along with what life deals to him, even though he often doesn’t agree with it. Part of his negative...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2016 3:27 am UTC

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Brent fortunately gains maturity throughout the course of Whirligig. He is, after all, only a junior in high school. And his penance for the accident causes him to grow up and to develop his own...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2016 11:30 am UTC

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This chapter is called “Apprentices.” Brent has made his way by bus from California to Tampa, on Florida’s Gulf coast. On a beach, he finds “a boarded-up ice cream shop” that is closed for the...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2016 12:15 pm UTC

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More about the whirligigs: In Weeksboro, Maine, two eighth graders Stephanie and Alexandra encounter a whirligig. On a trip to the coast, the two discuss their romantic inclinations but disagree...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2018 9:49 pm UTC

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Because he was driving under the influence when he caused Lea Zamora's death, Brent is charged with DUI (Driving Under the Influence) and manslaughter. Brent's parents hire a lawyer and a...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2016 8:21 pm UTC

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Alexandra and Steph show up in the second chapter, titled “Weeksboro, Maine.” They’re eighth graders, and it’s Christmas time, so a lot of snow is on the ground. Alexandra thinks Steph should get a...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2016 12:16 pm UTC

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At the beginning of the book, Brent listens to music to get himself in the right mood to deal with going to the party. Fleischman writes of Brent, "And keeping the right music flowing, using...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2017 1:07 am UTC

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Throughout his journey, Brent meets a variety of people who he connects with. When Brent meets Emil, Brent imagines him as some sort of smarter, better version of himself, since they look similar...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2010 6:20 am UTC

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The Florida whirligig takes the shape of a marching band. Flaco is instantly struck by the message it seems to convey. For a long time, he's been profoundly dissatisfied with his life. He toils...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2019 7:26 am UTC

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In the book, Jenny is a teenager who discovers one of Brent's whirligigs in San Diego. According to the story, she lives with her parents and ailing grandmother. One day, Jenny's grandmother asks...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2018 5:59 pm UTC

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Jonathan is a friend of Brent's from school. Brent gives him a ride to the party, which is hosted by a friend of Jonathan's. When Jonathan comes out and gets in Brent's car, he explains that his...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2019 8:15 pm UTC

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Another simile in chapter 5 of Whirligig comes when Brent leaves the hostel to walk to the park he'd glimpsed the day before. There he hopes to be able to work on his next whirligig without being...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2019 7:49 am UTC

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When you re-read a chapter with a specific focus in mind – like searching for a symbol – you may surprise yourself by what you discover the second or third time around. I found three potentially...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2016 10:03 pm UTC

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Whirligig is a 1998 young adult novel written by American author Paul Fleischmann. The novel tells the story of seventeen-year-old Brent Bishop. Following a humiliating experience at a popular...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2019 4:52 pm UTC

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Since the accident happens just after the end of the first chapter, “Party Time,” we’re talking about the action in the entire rest of the book. Brent causes the car accident that kills Lea Zamora....

Latest answer posted June 7, 2016 6:32 pm UTC

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Like most young adults, Brent Bishop wants to be popular, and he wants to fit in. So one night he goes to a party. His fateful decision will change his life forever, and end someone else's. At the...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2018 7:08 am UTC

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What Flaco wants more than anything is peace. He wants to be like the shearwater, a bird whom he imagines "live(s) alone, far away from land...no other birds around...very peaceful". Flaco's whole...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2009 1:56 am UTC

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In the third chapter, “The Afterlife,” we follow Brent’s first attempt to build a whirligig at a park in Washington state. He has an old instruction book on how to make them. But he’s not a natural...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2016 11:56 am UTC

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Mrs. Zamora was actually the only one who consented to meet with Brent; her husband, still reeling from Lea's death and still upset about Brent's part in it, had refused to meet with the teenager....

Latest answer posted May 19, 2016 5:28 pm UTC

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Flaco gets his nickname because of his skinny body. Flaco is the man who finds Brent's whirligig in Miami, Florida. When Paul Fleischman writes about his life, he explains that Flaco is a nickname...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2019 2:36 pm UTC

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The main character, Brent, changes over the course of the novel. He begins as a self-centered teenager concerned with impressing others. He makes immature choices, such as drinking underage and...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2019 10:46 pm UTC

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In the "Miami, Florida" chapter, the main conflict is person versus person. The character's main conflict is that he can't find lasting peace in society, no matter where he goes. Inevitably,...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2018 11:09 pm UTC

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In “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” (chapter 5), Brent builds the whale whirligig that Jenny and her grandmother visit in “San Diego” (chapter 8). A comparison of the two chapters is necessary to...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2020 9:31 pm UTC

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The narrator in Chapter 4 is from an immigrant family from Puerto Rico. As a newcomer, he has a difficult time at school, and is put into a class for retarded children because he does not speak...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2009 11:07 am UTC

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In Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, in Act V, scene 1, Feste says, "...-and thus the whirligig of time of time brings in his revenge." to which Malvolio replies, "I'll be revenged on the whole pack of...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2010 9:10 pm UTC

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Alexandra feels that the spot by the whirligig is a good place to visualize things because the whirligig itself exemplifies the tenets of guided imagery. According to Alexandra, guided imagery is a...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2016 6:36 pm UTC

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Brent Bishop is a junior in high school in Whirligig. He and his parents now live in the Chicago area, where Brent goes to a private school called Montfort. They had previously lived in...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2016 12:12 pm UTC

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Paul Fleischmann's Whirligig is a story which tells of actions and consequences. Brent Bishop, the protagonist of the story, makes a horrible decision to kill himself (after being humiliated at a...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2013 3:22 pm UTC

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The real reason that the strange man asks Brent for directions is to distract him. The man wants to occupy Brent's attention so that he will be less likely to detect any suspicious movements in his...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2018 6:51 pm UTC

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Three key words to consider for the whole story are whirligig, penance, and atonement. A whirligig is a wooden toy that has arms that whirl or move whenever the wind blows. Brent has to make four...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2016 1:00 pm UTC

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The answer comes in the third chapter, “The Afterlife.” Brent had been driving drunk when he caused the car accident that killed Lea Zamora. Amazingly enough, he wasn’t sentenced to jail time or a...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2016 11:09 am UTC

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Chaz, in Paul Fleischman's Whirligig is one of the most popular people at Montford, the private school our main character attends. Chaz is known for throwing large elaborate parties, and this night...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2018 1:16 pm UTC

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The preacher's words disturb Brent because they reference his current situation. Like Cain in the Bible, Brent is essentially living in exile. In complying with Mrs. Zamora's wishes, Brent...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2016 6:14 pm UTC

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