Chasing Vermeer Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the weather like at the opening of the novel?

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

3. What does the Chicago Tribune publish?

4. What is the purpose of the book "Chasing Vermeer"?

5. What do people supposedly do with the strange events in "Lo!"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does a set of pentominoes work?

2. What is Petra's father upset about and what is Petra's response?

3. What does Calder discover in Mrs. Sharpe's home?

4. Why does Calder think he and Petra should call The National Gallery?

5. What is given to three people on a warm, October night and what have the three chosen to do?

6. What is Ms. Hussey's assignment, and what is Calder's first response to the assignment?

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

8. What about Petra's Halloween outfit is familiar to Calder and what shocks Petra about something she sees in a book about Vermeer?

9. What do Calder and Petra learn about the Lady?

10. What is Ms. Hussey teaching her students, and where is she teaching?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as "Chasing Vermeer" help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Chasing Vermeer? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in "Chasing Vermeer" to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "Chasing Vermeer", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in "Chasing Vermeer". (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Chasing Vermeer belongs to the young teen novel genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the young teen novel genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a young teen novel and a historical novel?

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