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. After observing Cross and his children, who is agitated that Cross is such a good father?

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

3. Who takes a day off to enjoy a luxury hotel while Cross is meeting with the White House group?

4. Who sends the videotaped murder to the media company?

5. What do Cross and Christine discuss after talking about the new lead he just got in Part 3 regarding the school killings?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the first lead that investigators follow in the Truth School killings, and why does it seem like a good place to begin investigating?

4. 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?

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

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

7. Who watches the President sneak out of the White House, and why is it so dangerous?

8. According to Jack and Jill, what is their motive? What is similar about the first two Jack and Jill victims?

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

10. What does the Truth School killer see that makes him angry with the major investigator in this book, and what does it tell the reader early in the story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the difference between conflict and crisis in a novel? How are they similar? Relate the differences and similarities, specifically to Jack and Jill.

Essay Topic 2

What is a motif in literature? After defining the term, select a motif from Jack and Jill and discuss it in detail.

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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