Chasing Vermeer Test | Final 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 does Calder use as an way to look for large storage spaces?

2. What is the Castiglione's treehouse?

3. How do Petra and Calder rethink their estimate of the thief?

4. What appears in newspapers around the world?

5. Where are Petra and Calder sitting at the opening to Chapter Sixteen?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Calder manage to be left behind and what does he find?

2. How does Calder find "The Lady Waiting"?

3. How is Ms. Hussey's class metamorphosing?

4. How do Petra and Calder manage to have access to some of the hidden areas of the school?

5. How does Calder manage to search Mrs. Sharpe's house, and what does he find?

6. What happens to "The Lady Waiting" and how does the National Gallery respond to part of the thief's demands?

7. Where does Petra find Calder and the painting?

8. Who is chasing Petra and Calder and what happens?

9. Why do Petra and Calder run out of Delia Dell Hall and what do they decide to do?

10. Why do Petra and Calder not read the letter from Mrs. Sharpe to Ms. Hussey?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lo! is a book full of unexplained events. The clippings in this book come from newspapers from all over the world and include hundreds of stories of bizarre events. The majority of these events are of living animals falling out of the sky. Charles Fort, the author of the book, believes that people take what happens around them and then make these often odd and unlikely events fit into something they can understand, rather than taking what actually happens and trying to figure out why it has happened.

1. Do you think a bizarre event can always be explained by science, even if the knowledge is not available in the present time? Why or why not? Use examples from "Chasing Vermeer" and your own life to support your answer.

2. Making something you see into something your mind understands or expects is a common phenomenon. For example, we might see "waht" but read "what". Discuss an incident in "Chasing Vermeer" in which one of the characters saw an event and decided to interpret that event based on what the character wanted to find or know. Use examples from "Chasing Vermeer" and your own life to support your answer.

3. Explain, in depth, how reading Lo! changed Petra and Calder's perception of the world. Use examples from "Chasing Vermeer" and your own life to support your answer.

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

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.

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