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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who was the main secret keeper for Griet helping Vermeer?
(a) Maria.
(b) Catharina.
(c) Cornelia.
(d) Tanneke.

2. What does the "camera" symbolize?
(a) The way Griet views Vermeer.
(b) The way Vermeer idealizes technology.
(c) The way Vermeer represents immorality.
(d) The way Vermeer sees the world.

3. What was the only piece in the studio that Griet did not clean?
(a) A window sill.
(b) A canister of paints.
(c) A blue ball of fabric.
(d) A door knob.

4. How did the pregnant woman react to her husband's attention spent on Griet?
(a) She seems relieved.
(b) She is annoyed.
(c) She does not seem to notice.
(d) She notices but ignores it.

5. What did Griet learn about the Vermeer family as she began her second week at work?
(a) Catherina and Johannes do not love each other.
(b) They are not very smart.
(c) They are short on money.
(d) They are living off of Catherina's mother's money.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where did Griet learn she would be sleeping in her new home?

2. After the suggestion that he should paint Griet, how did Vermeer act toward her?

3. What was Griet able to tell about the visitors just from the timbre of their voices?

4. In what month did Catharina send Griet to the apothecary for supplies for the sick boys?

5. What was the name of the girl who followed Griet to the canal to fetch water?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was Pieter, the butcher?

2. What did the splitting of the tile symbolize?

3. Who was Van Ruijven?

4. What family problems did Griet experience at her family's home?

5. How did Griet feel after cleaning out the studio?

6. What role did competition play in Griet's time at the Vermeer home?

7. What aspect of Tanneke's personality was Griet moved by?

8. Why did Griet need to keep her involvement with Vermeer's paintings a secret?

9. What did Vermeer and Pieter represent to Griet?

10. What did Vermeer and Griet bond over?

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