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. What does a man with a foreign accent do?

2. Why hypothetical situation does Ms. Hussey put to Calder and Petra?

3. What do Petra and Calder learn about Mrs. Sharpe's husband?

4. What does Calder find that would be a good place to hide a painting?

5. What do Calder and Petra discuss on their walk to school?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Who is chasing Petra and Calder and what happens?

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

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

10. Where does Petra find Calder and the painting?

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

Lo! is a book full of unexplained events. The clippings in this book come from newspapers from all over the world and include hundreds of stories of bizarre events. The majority of these events are of living animals falling out of the sky. Charles Fort, the author of the book, believes that people take what happens around them and then make these often odd and unlikely events fit into something they can understand, rather than taking what actually happens and trying to figure out why it has happened.

1. Do you think a bizarre event can always be explained by science, even if the knowledge is not available in the present time? Why or why not? Use examples from "Chasing Vermeer" and your own life to support your answer.

2. Making something you see into something your mind understands or expects is a common phenomenon. For example, we might see "waht" but read "what". Discuss an incident in "Chasing Vermeer" in which one of the characters saw an event and decided to interpret that event based on what the character wanted to find or know. Use examples from "Chasing Vermeer" and your own life to support your answer.

3. Explain, in depth, how reading Lo! changed Petra and Calder's perception of the world. Use examples from "Chasing Vermeer" and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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