Chasing Vermeer Test | Final 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. Why do Petra and Calder go to Fargo Hall?

2. Who does Petra see with a package in his arms?

3. What happens after "The Lady Writing" is returned to the National Gallery?

4. What sign does Calder carry to hide the painting?

5. What do Petra and Calder wonder about Mrs. Sharpe?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do Petra and Calder learn on the evening news?

3. What happens to Ms. Hussey in Chapter Fifteen?

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

5. What hypothetical question does Ms. Hussey ask the Calder and Petra and what is their response?

6. Who do Petra and Calder see on their way to school and what does she give them?

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

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

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

10. What happens when Petra and Calder have tea with Mrs. Sharpe?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "Chasing Vermeer".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of "Chasing Vermeer". How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of "Chasing Vermeer". How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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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