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. Who kills high profile celebrities in this book?

2. Which case is Cross assigned to investigate solely?

3. Who thinks the Truth School killer might be a beginner?

4. Who initially saves Kevin Hawkins' first target?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Who assigns the major investigator in this book to the Jack and Jill case, and why?

2. What is the investigator's first impression of the President? How does his meeting with the President affect his investigation of the school killings?

3. What role does the major detective in this novel play in the investigation of the Truth School killings, and what is unusual about his role?

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

5. What happens when investigators approach a man who is known as Chop-it-off-Charlie, and why does this seem to be an admission of guilt?

6. Why aren't the Truth School killings a priority for the law enforcement agency? What does this seem to say about the police department?

7. Why do Jack and Jill release the taped version of their first killing?

8. Why does the investigator work the Truth School murder case in his spare time? Who encourages him to do so?

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

10. What element is missing from the Jack and Jill murders that the investigator has seen in other serial killings? What leads the investigator to this conclusion?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss foreshadowing and its importance in writing mystery or suspense novels. Select three memorable instances of foreshadowing from this story and write about them in detail. Why did those five instances stay on your mind?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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