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. Where does Calder find "The Lady Waiting"?

2. What appears in newspapers around the world?

3. What is published the next day?

4. About what does Mrs. Sharpe seem pleased?

5. What do protests encourage the thief to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Petra enters her kitchen the next morning?

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

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

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

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

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

7. What is significant about the number twelve?

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

9. What do Calder and Petra wonder as they sit in Gracie Hall?

10. Where does Petra find Calder and the painting?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Petra and Calder. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Mrs. Sharpe and Ms. Hussey. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in Chasing Vermeer help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

Essay Topic 2

Calder plays with his pentominoes in his room; they help him think. He is contemplating the assignment given by Ms. Hussey. What is art? To him art is something puzzling. Calder researches Vermeer and notices that he uses the same objects in many of his paintings. He also wonders if there is any hidden information in his paintings.

1. Why do you think Calder might think art is puzzling? Use examples from "Chasing Vermeer" and your own life to support your answer.

2. It is logical that Vermeer might use the same objects in many of his paintings. Explain why this might be true. Use examples from "Chasing Vermeer" and your own life to support your answer.

3. What do think Calder means when he wonders if Vermeer's art has hidden information in it? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

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