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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 had Petra and Calder seen coming?
2. Besides the writing itself, what gives clues to aid in solving the mystery?
3. About what do Petra and Calder worry?
4. What type of events is explained in the book Petra is reading?
5. What excites Petra in school?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Calder discover in Mrs. Sharpe's home?
2. What do Petra and Calder do additional study on and what does Petra learn about the woman in her dream?
3. What do Petra and Calder do to try to make sense of everything that's been happening?
4. How does a set of pentominoes work?
5. What interrupts Calder's writing about his assignment?
6. How does Petra obtain the book called "Lo!"?
7. What does the letter published by the Chicago Tribune state?
8. What do Petra and Calder dress as for Halloween?
9. What book do Calder and Petra study after school, and what do they wonder about the first owner of the book?
10. What do Petra and Calder learn about the Lady and what do they decide to do?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The art information given in Chapter 3 encourages young readers to be interested in art and its connection to literature. This chapter is an example of teaching across curriculum and how various school subjects are related. Ms. Hussey gives the students a quote by Picasso regarding how are tells a lie but also tells the truth.
1. Discuss the ways in which art and history are connected. Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.
2. Explain what is meant by teaching across curriculum. Use examples from "Chasing Vermeer" and your own life to support your answer.
3. Choose one of the following pairs of school subjects and explain, in detail, how they are connected in real life. Math/English; Science/History; Art/Social Studies or Math/Music.
Essay Topic 2
Choose one of the following to discuss:
1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in "Chasing Vermeer". Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Balliett chooses the symbols he does?
2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Balliett chooses the metaphors she does?
3. Discuss Balliett's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, deux ex machina, etc.), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Balliett use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the following:
1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?
2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?
3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?
4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?
5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.
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