Jack and Jill Test | Mid-Book 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. What does Cross call his grandmother?

2. Who gives Cross souvenirs for his children?

3. In which section of town does the child murder take place in Chapter 1?

4. What words best describe Cross' feelings about the Jack and Jill murders?

5. What happens when the suspect chased by Cross and his partner tries to escape when they have him cornered?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is unusual about Kevin Hawkins' first attack in the story? How does it foreshadow events in the book?

2. Why is the investigator certain he will be fired when he arrives on the scene of the second Jack and Jill murder? What does the incident show the reader about his relationship with his boss?

3. What actually kills the victim in Kevin Hawkins' first attack? What does this foreshadow?

4. How does Chop-it-off-Charlie die, and what do police superiors decide due to his death?

5. Who is the first Jack and Jill victim in this novel, and why is the first victim so important?

6. Is the first murder by the Truth School killer as calculated as the first Jack and Jill murder? Why or why not?

7. What does the main investigator in this book like about the school principal? How does she bridge the gap between rich and poor?

8. What are the code names for the President and first lady? Is this a coincidence? Why or why not?

9. Which news media company receives a taped version of Jack and Jill's first murder? What is important about the tape?

10. Who is the second victim of the Truth School killer, and what does his death say about the killer?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss family as a theme in the novel. Who demonstrates the importance of family? Who detests the role of family? What connection to the family theme do the Jack and Jill killings have?

Essay Topic 2

Name and define the five types of conflict. Which conflict prevailed in Jack and Jill? Could the conflict have been categorized as another type? If so, which and why? If not, defend your response.

Essay Topic 3

Define rising action as an element of plot. Discuss in detail the rising action in Jack and Jill. How does the author present it? How does the rising action flow? How does the rising action add to the suspense of the story?

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