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. Where do Petra and Calder wonder if the painting could be?

3. What appears in newspapers around the world?

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

5. What does Calder use as an way to look for large storage spaces?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in "Chasing Vermeer". Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Balliett chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Balliett chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Balliett's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, deux ex machina, etc.), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Balliett use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

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

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.

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