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. How is the little girl's killer dressed when he murders her?

2. Who believes the death of the chased suspect in previous chapters closes the Truth School case?

3. What happens while Cross and his partner are chasing their suspect on one side of town?

4. Who is watching the President as he sneaks out of the White House to meet a lover?

5. How many murder cases does Cross investigate in this book?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the note on the President's flowers sent to him at the New York hotel say, and why is the note so alarming?

2. 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?

3. What is the name of the federal agent who is always first on the scene of the Jack and Jill murder scenes? Why does the investigator immediately rule this agent out as a suspect?

4. Explain the plan that Jack will use to kill the President.

5. How does the killer respond when the message board censor removes vivid postings regarding the Truth School murders?

6. 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?

7. Why do investigators first assume that Hawkins missed his true target in the Kennedy Center?

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

9. Why does the Secret Service continue moving the President through the tunnel against the investigator's advice?

10. Why does the Truth School killer have a seizure, and why is this information important to the novel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the tone of Jack and Jill. How does the author reveal the tone, and from whose point of view? Is the tone consistent throughout the book or does it seem to fluctuate? Include examples from the story with your discussion.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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