The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

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What are the ten most important events in The Westing Game?

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Creating a list of the 10 most important events in this story is going to vary a little bit from reader to reader. I think most readers would include many of the same events, but some readers might personally find certain events more crucial to the story than other events. The following is a list of 10 important events from The Westing Game.

  1. The tenants all move into Sunset Towers in September.
  2. In October, Turtle Wexler is dared to go into the Westing mansion. She plans to spend the night there, but she discovers a dead body. It is supposedly Sam Westing.
  3. Most of the tenants are named heirs and are called to a special meeting for the reading of the will.
  4. The will reveals that Westing was murdered by one of the heirs to the Westing fortune.
  5. Everybody is divided up into teams of two. The winner will inherit the Westing fortune.
  6. Sydelle makes a shorthand copy of the will. It is "lost" shortly after.
  7. Bombs go off on several different occasions.
  8. Turtle figures out that Angela is the bomber.
  9. Turtle figures out that Westing isn't dead, and she realizes that he is four different people. He is also Sandy McSouthers, Barney Northup, and Julian R. Eastman.
  10. Turtle goes to Eastman's house and announces that she's the real winner. Eastman/Westing/Northup/McSouthers dies years later.
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Since it is a mystery, this book has many important events.  Here are the ten key events.

  1. Otis Amber delivers invitations to the “heirs” of the Westing Fortune (and Sydelle, the mistake) that lead them to take apartments in Sunset Towers.

They were mothers and fathers and children.  A dressmaker, a secretary, an inventor, a doctor, a judge.  And, oh yes, one was a bookie, one was a buglar, one was a bomber, and one was a mistake. (ch 1, p. 5)

2. The tenants are summoned to the Westing House and paired up for the Westing Game, where the will is read and they are given $10,000 each as seed money.

3. Turtle sneaks into the Westing House and thinks she sees the body.

4. Several items go missing and several bombs go off.  This suspicious behavior is a result of some unstable residents (Mrs. Hoo and Angela), and not the person who murdered Sam Westing.

5. The tenants begin to suspect each other, and this keeps them from working together or sharing their clues.  One of them, J.J. Ford, even hires a private investigator.

6. Most of the pairs begin to realize that they actually are a good fit for each other, and each fills the others need, even though they seemed like odd couples at first.

7. Angela reveals that she set off the bombs when she is injured and hospitalized.  She felt trapped in her “good daughter” role and did not want to marry Denton Deere.  Turtle confesses to protect her.

I, Turtle Wexler, confess to those four bombs.  I’m sorry, it was a dumb thing to do and I won’t do it again.  But!  I am not the burglar and I never murdered anybody, ever. (ch 22, p. 132)

8. A trial is held inside Sunset Towers to determine who the bomber is.

9. Turtle announces that she has won the game because she realized that no one killed Sam Westing.  He is Sandy MacSouthers, Barney Northup, and Julian R. Eastman.

10. Angela marries Denton Deere, and Turtle is rich since she inherited from Westing.  For the most part everyone lives happily ever after.

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