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. From whom does Calder receive a phone call?

2. What does the publication say in conclusion?

3. What is said in the publication?

4. What does Mrs. Sharpe believe about the woman in Petra's dreams?

5. Where is Frog?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the letter from Tommy say and how do Petra and Calder help?

3. Why is Petra nervous in Delia Dell Hall?

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does Petra find near Mrs. Sharpe's home?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Blue Balliett.

2. What in Balliett's background may have helped her in writing Chasing Vermeer? What may have influenced the way she depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss "Chasing Vermeer" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if "Chasing Vermeer" is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young teens? Why or why not? Would most adults consider "Chasing Vermeer" a successful novel? What about young teens?

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