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The Westing Game

by Ellen Raskin

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1. Why does Sam Westing make up the Westing game? He appears to have motivations involving his family, the people who knew him before the accident, and his future. Try to decide what his will is supposed to do. (The heirs all give their ideas of the "solution" at the end. You might see who comes closest to your ideas.)

2. Angela is the character with whom Raskin said she identified most, although most people think of Turtle as the main character and the one with Raskin's own talent for finance and the stock market. Explain how the Westing game is important for Angela. What is her life like in the beginning? What changes her?

3. Why is Crow in The Westing Game? Westing's motivation for including Crow is one of the most subtle parts of the book. How does the game affect Crow?

4. Chris Theodorakis is one of the most important heirs. Explain the role he plays in the lives of the others.

5. The Westing Game was written during the bicentennial celebration of the United States. Explain how the book exemplifies the idea of America as a "land of opportunity."

6. Grace Wexler is, in many ways, trying to make Angela lead the type of life at which she herself has been unsuccessful. Many of Grace's unpleasant characteristics are her own responsibility, but some result from circumstances beyond her control. How does Grace's situation improve and how does she overcome some of her faults over the course of the novel?

7. Discuss the parent-child relationships in The Westing Game.

8. Sydelle Pulaski becomes a Westing heir by mistake. What does she contribute to the game and its players? Is there any way of guessing whether the heir that Westing intended would have had a different effect?

9. How does the chess game contribute to the plot and theme of the story?

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