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 do the students try to distinguish between various Vermeer paintings?

2. What location at the school do Calder and Petra think is more interesting than King Hall?

3. What is becoming a worldwide phenomenon?

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

5. From whom does Calder receive a phone call?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Petra nervous in Delia Dell Hall?

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

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

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

5. What occurs on the visit Petra and Calder make to the hospital to visit Mrs. Sharpe?

6. What happens when the thief's letter appears in newspapers around the world?

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

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

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

10. What does Petra think about as she is reviewing what happened at Delia Dell?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Sometimes a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and sometimes it is the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think "Chasing Vermeer" is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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