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

2. What is the Secret Service's code name for the President's wife?

3. What warning do police receive from the videotaped murder?

4. What is the President's name?

5. What does the little girl's killer say he hates in Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

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. Who foils a kidnapping attempt at an area mall, and what is ironic about the attempt?

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

5. 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?

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

7. Who is the major investigator in Jack and Jill? How is he important to Patterson's series?

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Define the different points of view in literature and discuss the point/s of view from which Jack and Jill is written.

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