The Westing Game

Ellen Raskin's 1978 novel, The Westing Game, is a children's classic. The puzzle-based plot keeps kids (and adults!) guessing until the very end, and it can take multiple reads to finally figure out all the twists & turns. Think you know what goes on in Sunset Towers? Prove it!

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In what year did Ellen Raskin win the Newbery Medal for The Westing Game?

2 of 15

Sam Westing's favorite chess strategy was:

Boden's Mate
Two Knights Defense
Giuco Piano
The Queen's Sacrifice
3 of 15

At the last reading of the will, Berthe Crow filled Sandy McSouthers' flask with what?

Lemon juice
4 of 15

Whose name is revealed by the clues?

Otis Amber
Judge J.J. Ford
Berthe Erica Crow
Sandy McSouthers
5 of 15

The initial set of clues were all words from what song?

"America the Beautiful"
"God Bless America"
"The Star-Spangled Banner"
"This Land is Your Land"
6 of 15

What is Turtle Wexler's real name?

7 of 15

Sydelle Pulaski claims her notes from the reading of the will are recorded in what language?

Pig Latin
8 of 15

In his will, Westing addresses his heirs as "my sixteen nieces and nephews." Which of the heirs really was a niece/nephew of Sam Westing?

Grace Wexler
Theo Theodorakis
Judge J.J. Ford
Dr. Denton Deere
9 of 15

Which pair of heirs missed the initial reading of Sam Westing's will and, therefore, missed out on the $10,000 starter check?

Madame Sun Lin Hoo and Dr. Jake Wexler
Theo Theodorakis and Doug Hoo
Chris Theodorakis and D. Denton Deere
Sydelle Pulaski and Angela Wexler
10 of 15

How much money do the heirs believe the winner will inherit?

$2 million
$20 million
$200 million
$2 billion
11 of 15

How many heirs were selected by Sam Westing to play the game?

12 of 15

Which resident of Sunset Towers was a "mistake"?

Flora Baumbach
Grace Wexler
James Hoo
Sydelle Pulaski
13 of 15

"There was no such person as..."

Sydelle Pulaski
Barney Northrup
Madame Hoo
Flora Baumbach
14 of 15

Of the Sunset Towers residents, " was a bookie, one was a burglar, one was a bomber, and one was a mistake." Who was the bookie?

Sandy McSouthers
Otis Amber
Jake Wexler
James Hoo
15 of 15

What was the true object of the Westing game?

To reveal Sam Westing's killer
To get the best return on $10,000
To expose Crow as Westing's ex-wife
To find Sam Westing's other identity