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 does Mrs. Sharpe know who was murdered?

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

3. What does Mrs. Sharpe give Petra and Calder?

4. What are young people encourage to do in the "After" section?

5. What does the thief say if his demand is not met by that deadline?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is significant about the number twelve?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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