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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What most interests Calder?
(a) Music.
(b) Biology.
(c) Sports.
(d) Math and pentominoes.

2. What is Calder contemplating?
(a) A way to use the pantominoes to demonstrate mathematical principles.
(b) Ms. Hussey's assignment.
(c) How to create a perfect sphere.
(d) A definition for structure.

3. How does Petra respond to what she notices about her father?
(a) She is worried.
(b) She wants to call a doctor.
(c) She gets defensive.
(d) She laughs.

4. What does Calder say all the oddness probably is?
(a) Someone perpetuating a hoax.
(b) Silly superstitions.
(c) Another dimension leaking through.
(d) Petra's imagination running viral.

5. Why are they calling the place?
(a) To ask about Vermeer's later life.
(b) To see if "The Lady Writing" is there.
(c) To see if there are any paintings of Vermeer's contemporaries there.
(d) To report the dream Petra keeps having.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do Petra and Calder learn about Vermeer?

2. What are two topics that the reader learns about in "Chasing Vermeer"?

3. How do Calder and Petra decide to help the Lady?

4. What interrupts Calder in his writing?

5. In what month does the book open?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who are Calder and Petra, and how do they differ?

2. What helps Calder think and what is he thinking about as he sits in his room?

3. How do Petra and Calder's families differ?

4. Where can the reader find the answers to the clues given in the art work?

5. What is the book "Lo!" about?

6. What sort of books has Ms. Hussey chosen in Powell's Bookstore?

7. What does the letter from Tommy say, and what is Calder's thoughts about the letter?

8. What is significant about M & M's?

9. How do the students respond to the quote by Picasso, and who is especially intrigued by it?

10. How are clues related to the story?

(see the answer keys)

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