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

2. What shocks each of the three people?

3. How does author say "Chasing Vemeer" is related to pentominoes?

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

5. Who are Calder and Petra?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What do Petra and Calder dress as for Halloween?

7. How are clues related to the story?

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

9. Who did Calder used to spend his time with, and what does he do now?

10. What does the author challenge the reader to do concerning the artwork and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "Chasing Vermeer" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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

Characters are an important part of what makes "Chasing Vermeer" interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Calder. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Petra. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Mrs. Sharpe. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

4. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Ms. Hussey. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

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