Chasing Vermeer Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Blue Balliett
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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 type of projects and assignments are students working on in University School?

2. What does Petra find at her home?

3. What does Calder write about as he sits in the sun?

4. What do Petra and Calder study some more?

5. What is delivered to three different people?

Short Essay Questions

1. What interrupts Calder's writing about his assignment?

2. How does a set of pentominoes work?

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

4. What does the letter published by the Chicago Tribune state?

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

6. What do Petra and Calder do to try to make sense of everything that's been happening?

7. To what does the author compare pentominoes?

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

9. What does Charles Fort believe people do?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are a number of interesting questions raised by "Chasing Vermeer". Questions that Balliett most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Balliett's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Balliett's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Balliett and see if/where her life may have influenced her writing.

Essay Topic 2

1. What is foreshadowing? How many incidences of foreshadowing are in "Chasing Vermeer"? How does foreshadow contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadowing in "Chasing Vermeer" including why you believe it is foreshadow. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from the book and your own live to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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