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Ellen Raskin “The Westing Game” (chapters 4-7)

Questions

Chapter 4

1. Why was Doug Hoo stationed outside the Westing house? 
2. Why did Turtle Wexler have her mother's silver cross in her pocket? 
3. What did Turtle encounter upon entering the house? 
4. Why had Turtle taken a billiard cue upstairs? 
5. Sam's obituary mentions that he was a dedicated gamesman and a master of chess.  Why might this be significant? 
6. Why were sixteen people asked to go to the south library of the Westing mansion? 

Chapter 5

1. Who was greeting the beneficiaries at the Westing home? 
2. Why was Turtle startled when she looked in the coffin? 
3. What is Denton Deere's diagnosis of Chris? 
4. Why is Judge Ford surprised to see E.J. Plum in charge of the Westing estate? 
5. What did the design on Sydelle Pulaski's dress remind Turtle of right at that moment? 

Chapter 6

1. When the will is first read, why are those present shocked to hear the words, "my sixteen nieces and nephews"? 
2. What is the second important piece of information that is revealed during the reading of the will? 
3. What must the potential beneficiaries do if they wish to "strike it rich"? 
4. Explain Mr. Hoo's comment, "The poor are crazy, the rich just eccentric". 

Chapter 7

1. What was the object of the game? 
2. Why was Chris happy to be selected to play the game? 
3. Why does Berthe Erica Crow shriek? 
4. Why was Sandy so insistent that his partner, Judge Ford, play the game?