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, specifically, does Cross believe the Truth School killer might have?

2. Who invites Cross to the White House?

3. Which installment in Patterson's Alex Cross series is this book?

4. Who is the celebrity speaker at a party in which Jack and Jill plan to enact their second murder?

5. Which case is Cross assigned to investigate solely?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is important about the age and gender of the first Truth School victim?

2. 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?

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

4. Which law enforcement agency employs the major investigator in this novel? Is he well-liked by his supervisor?

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

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

7. What troubles the major investigator in this novel about the Truth School case?

8. What clue is intentionally left behind at the first Jack and Jill murder scene, and what role does it seem to play in the case?

9. 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?

10. What information does the investigator learn at his first White House task force meeting that is key to his investigation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Define exposition and discuss the exposition of this novel. What does the reader learn from the exposition in Jack and Jill? Is the information consistent throughout the book or does it change? Explain your answer and reasoning.

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

Irony is the contrast between what is expected and what actually happens. There are three types of irony: verbal, situational, and dramatic. Identify and discuss two examples of irony in the book. Which type of irony is it? What is expected and what actually occurs with your examples?

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