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. Who broke her leg?

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

3. Why is Mrs. Sharpe asking for police protection?

4. Why do Petra and Calder go to Fargo Hall?

5. What do the students try to distinguish between various Vermeer paintings?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Where does Petra find Calder and the painting?

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

10. What is significant about the number twelve?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Characters are an important part of what makes "Chasing Vermeer" interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Calder. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Petra. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Mrs. Sharpe. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

4. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Ms. Hussey. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

1. What is foreshadowing? How many incidences of foreshadowing are in "Chasing Vermeer"? How does foreshadow contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadowing in "Chasing Vermeer" including why you believe it is foreshadow. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from the book and your own live to support your opinion.

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