Janie Face To Face
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This book is the 5th book in the Janie Books series by Caroline B. Cooney. The series focuses on a girl who learns that she was kidnapped in the past. If you have not read the other books, it is a good idea to do a little background research so that you will understand the novel. The link below provides a summary of each book in the series. (This annotation contains a link)
The "group" which Hannah is referring to is the cult that she joined.
What does the highlighted text reveal about Hannah?
Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently. Is there a word on this page you need to look up?
Why does the narrator kidnap the child? Use evidence from the story to support your answer.
You may be a little bit confused about the point of view at this point in the story. The story is written in the third-person perspective, but remember that right now you are just reading Janie's college essay, which is written in the first-person.
Which of the following options is NOT a reason why Janie wants to attend college in New York?
Watch the video below about character development. Consider which character the author is developing at this point in the text and how. (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following excerpts from this chapter is an example of character development in which the author reveals aspects of Janie changing internally?
The term "connotation" refers to the associations which people have with words. Some words have positive connotations. These words make people feel good. Other words can have negative connotations. Why might Janie/Jennie have negative associations with both of her names?
Which of the following words on this page has the most negative connotation?
In your own words, explain the meaning of the highlighted text.
Can you list two or three ways that college has dramatically changed Janie's life?
How does the narration of the story change with each new chapter?
Consider how and why the author uses flashbacks in this story. Watch the video below; it may help you answer a question soon! (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following options provides the best explanation of why the author chose to include the kidnapping incident as a flashback in this story?
Watch the following video and consider the structure of this story. You will answer a question about structure next. (This annotation contains a video)
In 2-4 sentences, compare or contrast this story to another story you have read in terms of structure. How are the two stories structurally alike or different? Consider the use of flashback, whether the texts are divided into chapters, etc.
This is a photo of Riverside Park. Does the author do a good job of describing this setting? (This annotation contains an image)
Did you know that there is more than one type of third-person point of view? Click the link below and watch the video clip. Consider the point of view of this text as you watch the video. (This annotation contains a link)
Consider the video you just watched. Which option best describes the third person point of view of the novel?
Authors use figurative language to make their stories more interesting and descriptive. What type of figurative language is used in the highlighted text? A simile or a metaphor? The video below will help you review. (This annotation contains a video)
The author keeps giving us hints that there may be more to Michael than meets the eye. Remember that when an author hints about something to come, it is called foreshadowing. Which of the following quotes from the text does NOT contain foreshadowing which casts suspicion on Michael?
The highlighted lines add tension to the scene. Watch the video below about tension and watch for other tense scenes in the story. (This annotation contains a video)
Could crave be a word with a negative connotation? Consider a vampire craving blood or a predatory animal craving the taste of prey. There is definitely something odd about Michael.
Remember that Michael is also a writer. Could there be a connection of some sort here?
Which of the following words could be an antonym for, or word with the opposite meaning of, the term depraved?
Notice that the author uses a lot of negative language when mentioning Calvin Vinesett. Consider the impact and connotations of words such as "crime," "filth," and "hounding."
This is known as identity theft. It is important to keep personal information about yourself, such as your social security number, private. Adults must be very careful about keeping track of their credit cards, bank statements, and identification documents in order to avoid identity theft.
Which of the following is an inference that you can make about Hannah's cult?
It seems Calvin is very persistent in learning more about Janie. Which other character in the story shares this quality? Is a connection forming in your mind?
How would the story change if the narrator was omniscient? How would the story be different for the reader?
The text contains an allusion to Henry VIII of England here. An allusion is a quick reference that an author makes to another work of literature, a famous person, historical event, or a well-known place. Allusions are not explained to the reader in detail; authors expect you to be able to understand these references on your own.
Consider what the highlighted text reveals about the characters in this scene. This excerpt makes the reader aware
Pause for a moment and consider the underlying tension in this scene created by the difference in perspective of the reader and the characters.
What significant breakthrough does Janie have in the first part of this chapter?
This segment new segment of text introduces a change in perspective. Up until now, the limited third person narration has toggled back and forth between Janie's point of view and Hannah's point of view. For the first time, the third person narrator is focusing on Sarah-Charlotte's perspective.
The highlighted text is a great, or disgusting, example of imagery. Use the video linked below to learn more about how authors use this literary device. Become familiar with imagery so that you are able to recognize other examples of this device. (This annotation contains a video)
Could this be foreshadowing? Does Mick remind you a little of Michael?
Some novels, like this one, have more than one antagonist, or villain. The evidence in the text so far supports the idea that ____ and Hannah are the two main antagonists.
Have you wondered this yourself?
Which of the following options can be considered an emerging theme in this text?
Consider the content of the following video before answer the next question. (This annotation contains a video)
The author inserts a little bit of foreshadowing here. Who could be betraying Janie?
Watch the following video to review how authors use symbolism in literature. The video will help you answer the next question. (This annotation contains a video)
Consider how Janie has been wearing her hair up in a bun since starting college, in order to help create a new identity for herself. What might Janie's hair symbolize? What might be the symbolism of Janie taking her hair down after two years of wearing it up?
In the highlighted passage, Hannah refers to Janie as "it." What does Hannah's choice to use this word here tell you?
Consider this: if Hannah's parents went to prison for child abduction, wouldn't Hannah be considered just as guilty in the eyes of the law? Hannah does not seem to have the same logical reasoning skills as a normal adult.
Watch the video below. Does Brendan seem to fit the archetype of being a stereotypical jock who only cares about sports and never worries about studying? (This annotation contains a video)
Which character is portrayed as being selfish?
What techniques does this 'researcher' use to try to persuade Stephen to talk to him?
So far in the novel, the relationships that the Spring children have with one another seem to be filled with
This section of text includes some dramatic irony. As the reader, you know something that Stephen does not know because you are aware of which family member has been cooperating with the true crime writer. Take a look at the video below to learn more about dramatic irony. (This annotation contains a video)
Identify the type of figurative language used in the excerpt from the text below:“He felt that if she moved in… He’d run out of oxygen and have to throw himself off a cliff.”
The author uses a lot of imagery during Stephen's description of the abandoned car scene. Are there any important events in your own life which you can recall in vivid detail?
The highlighted text contains an excellent example of oxymoron. Click on the link below to learn more about this literary device. (This annotation contains a link)
What is revealed to the reader for the first time in the highlighted passage?
Is the highlighted text an example of figurative or literal language? If you need to review, take a look at the video below. (This annotation contains a video)
Whose perspective is the current section of text focusing on and how do you know?
What do you think Hannah wants? Attention, perhaps?
Which of the following options provides the best synonym for indignantly?
Do you remember which incident in the story made Janie want to reunite with Reeve? It is important to consider characters' motivations, or the reasons for their actions.
What motivates Janie to visit Reeve in the first place?
This scene also contains some dramatic irony. As the reader, you know that Janie has been worried about whether Reeve has any romantic interest in her. You also know that Reeve does still have feelings for her, even though Janie is unsure of this.
What technique does the author use to describe Janie's hair?
Did you expect Reeve to propose or are you just as surprised as Janie?
What is Janie's conflict? Is it internal or external?
The link below will take you to some lines from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. In these lines, Juliet laments the fact that Romeo Montague bears his name because people with his family name are enemies of her family. Consider how the discussion of names relates to this story. (This annotation contains a link)
Consider the excerpt you just read from Romeo and Juliet. What topic do both scenes share? How is the discussion of this topic similar or different between the two texts?
Remember that Janie does not like to add images of herself to Facebook for a reason. Do you see some foreshadowing here?
Part 1 Quiz
Follow the resource link below and read about flat characters and round characters. Make sure that you know the difference between these two character types. (This annotation contains a link)
Has Hannah changed a lot over the course of the novel or does she remain pretty much the same? Is she a flat character or a round character? Explain your answer.
This is a mystery to the reader, as well as to Brendan. Who could have told the researcher about the checks?
What does the highlighted text reveal about Brendan?
The map below shows Haiti's location in the Caribbean. Haiti had a large earthquake in 2010 and Jodie seems to be in Haiti as part of a disaster relief effort. Realistic fiction novels, like this one, often include actual places and events. (This annotation contains an image)
What does Jodie's decision to live in Haiti reveal about her?
If you have read the other books in the series, you know that Janie has always dreamed of marrying Reeve, but he has never mentioned marriage to her before his proposal in the airport.
In the highlighted text, _____ is used to describe Reeve as _____.
Watch the video below about pacing. Consider how the suspense and tension in this scene affect the pacing. Does your increasing curiosity make you want to read faster in order to get to the action and discover answers? (This annotation contains a video)
Using context clues, you can infer that Boulderado is
If you have not read the other books in the series, or if you need to refresh your memory, "the janies" refer to the radio shows that Reeve hosted in college. During these shows, he discussed Janie's kidnapping and personal life over the air. It took a long time for Janie to trust Reeve again after she found out about these shows.
Ballantyne is a real neighborhood in Charlotte, NC. (This annotation contains an image)
List two examples from the text which show that Reeve is supportive of Janie and cares about her needs.
You can infer that this detail refers to the Johnsons, not the Springs. Are you surprised to see them treated this way by the media, or is this the description you would expect from a crime writer?
The highlighted lines reveal Brendan's realization that he and _____ may have something in common.
Notice that whenever you see the "Kidnapper's Puzzle" segments, it is a sign that the narrator will switch to Hannah's perspective.
Which of the following quotes from the text tells you that the third-person narrator is limited to Hannah's perspective in this chapter as opposed to objective?
What is the mood of this scene? Watch the clip below to review tone and mood. (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following words best describes the tone of Reeve's response?
Consider how this line relates to the topic of deception, which is a theme throughout the novel. Sometimes, people deceive others for selfish reasons. Is it also possible to keep a secret from someone because you care about that person?
Explain how the highlighted text ties in with the theme of deception. Which character is being deceptive, and to whom?
Follow the link below to read the fable The Cricket and the Ant by Aesop. How does this story relate to Brian and Brendan? Which twin is like the prepared cricket and which twin is like the lazy ant?http://mythfolklore.net/aesopica/perry/373.htm
Notice how the author inserts some humor into otherwise serious scenes, usually through the characters' dialogue, to lighten the mood.
Is this an example of figurative or literal language? What is the real meaning of this statement?
What is the meaning of princess as the term is used in the highlighted text?
Although Janie has experienced some instability in her life due to the discovery of her kidnapping, both sets of her parents have always had loving, stable homes. How does coming from this kind of background influence Janie?
The phrase "girls were giggling" is an example of ______.
Stop and consider: why would Lizzie call Janie "high risk"? What emotional or other risks is Reeve taking by marrying her?
Just by the title of the section, you should immediately know how the perspective of the text is about to switch.
Consider that Janie is answering the Johnson's phone. Given this information, what can you infer?
In our culture, it is not uncommon for couples to date for years before deciding to get married. Also, consider that even though Janie and Reeve are pretty young, they have had a relationship for several years.
You can tell by Stephen's actions, as well as the omniscient narrator's insight into his thoughts, that Stephen has a little bit of difficulty expressing affection.
Explain how the author makes Reeve's retelling of this event a little humorous. Consider the language used by Reeve.
Notice the author's use of foreshadowing? When have you seen foreshadowing used before in relation to a character who was not who he seemed to be?
Why did the author choose to italicize the lines on this page?
Do you remember the video you watched earlier about character development? Think about how Jodie has changed because of her experience in Haiti. Characters that change internally over the course of a text are dynamic characters. Characters who do not go through any internal changes over the course of a text are called static characters. Consider which characters are static characters and which characters are dynamic characters. (This annotation contains an image)
What does the highlighted passage reveal about Kathleen?
Consider that Janie's life is still a little unstable right now. She is still confused about her identity and she just had her heart broken. In your opinion, does she need some more time to think before making a big decision, like getting married?
Why do you think this man looks uncomfortable? Is he telling the truth?
Consider the highlighted text. What is most likely going on?
Explain how the researcher's actions relate to the theme that people are not always who they seem to be. Which character is realizing that the researcher is not the type of person he seemed to be?
As it is used here, to "capitalize" means to exploit something. How is the researcher portraying Janie? It seems like he wants to deceive readers and make the story seem even more sensational than it really is.
This is a real app! Have you ever used it at home or for a project at school? It can be useful for taking notes. The app icon is pictured below. (This annotation contains an image)
In the early days of Facebook, the site was exclusively for use by university students.
Why does Hannah join Facebook?
Do you have an online account on a site like Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter? If so, be careful about what you post and who you allow to follow or friend you. Remember the theme of this story, people are not always who they seem to be. This is true in real life too!
Without changing the meaning of the sentence, which of these words could be used to replace the one that is underlined?She was so proud of her amazing self-control.
Consider how Janie has changed internally. Is she a dynamic character or a static character?
The author uses ____ in the highlighted sentence to describe ____.
Which other characters share Mrs. Johnson's opinion?
Which word best describes the mood of this scene?
Sometimes, authors use repetition to create emphasis. Here, the author is emphasizing Kathleen's excitement and curiosity by the repetition of "would" questions.
Jodie is a ____ character because the experience of living in Haiti _____ her.
The narrator gives you some insight into Donna's thoughts here. What emotions does she feel towards Frank and Miranda? What type of person does she seem to be?
Consider what you know that Kathleen does not. What type of effect is created by this difference in point of view?
Can you identify the metaphor used in this passage? Can you explain what the metaphor means?
How were Frank and Miranda hideously punished?
Think back: which other characters have given interviews for the book?
How would the text be different if it were written in first-person from Reeve's perspective instead of being written in the third-person?
During a wedding rehearsal, people who will be part of the wedding ceremony practice their roles. This may include walking the bride down the aisle or bringing the rings to the bride and groom. Most wedding rehearsals are done the day or the night before the big event.
What three things does Hannah spend her final check on?
Whatever the author is foreshadowing here, we can assume that it will be very bad for Janie! Take a look at the plot diagram. Right now, you are in the rising action of the story, building up to the climax. (This annotation contains an image)
How does the perspective change in the highlighted text?
This woman is definitely not Hannah. That means that there is only one possible Hannah left for Stephen to try... Do you think she will be the right one?
This line pushes the plot forward with its use of ______, which builds suspense.
Why might this fact make Brendan a little suspicious of his mother?
What does this detail tell you about Brendan?
Remember that Janie didn't begin using the name Jane until she started college.
As of right now, it is uncertain who may be behind the Calvin Vinesett book. However, Brendan thinks that one of his family members has something to do with it. Which family member does he suspect may be behind the book?
The text mainly focuses on the wedding and the Springs (including Janie) at this point. What might Hannah be up to? What mystery remains unsolved? Consider that Hannah has a plan to get revenge on Janie. For sure, Hannah is not being idle.
Consider the gesture that Reeve's father is making. Who is more supportive of Reeve's decision to marry Janie, his father or his mother? Explain.
This is an example of hyperbole. Janie may be frustrated, but she is not literally going crazy! Watch the video below to review how authors use hyperbole. (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following characters can be identified as a flat background character?
None of the three possible Hannahs were correct!
Part 2 Quiz
This novel is an example of a text with parallel plots. One plot involves the Springs (including Janie), and the other plot involves Hannah. Take a look at the video below which explains the concept of parallel plots. (This annotation contains a video)
Are you beginning to figure out what Hannah is up to? Consider this: how will the two parallel plots connect?
Use your inferencing skills. Why doesn't Hannah speak with the rest of the housekeeping staff?
Do you have parents who have divorced and remarried? A large percentage of American kids do. This is why Janie is rarely questioned about why she has two mothers; people assume that they are a blended family that has worked through a divorce.
What does this line reveal about Miranda?
Janie is a Catholic and following the Ten Commandments from the Bible is an important goal to her. Consider the commandment "Honor thy father and mother," which encourages people to respect and be considerate of their parents.Explain why it is a little bit more difficult for Janie to follow this commandment than it would be for a typical person.
Who does Stephen seem to be placing the blame on here? Do you think this is fair? Stephen is a round, complex character. He is not totally bad, nor totally good, and some of his thoughts and actions may be disagreeable to readers. This makes him seem more like a real person than just a flat character.
You can tell that Mrs. Shields was very proud of her dress too. Wedding dresses tend to be very sentimental belongings. Lilies of the valley, pictured below, are small white flowers with a pleasant fragrance. Here's a fun fact: these flowers are poisonous if consumed! (This annotation contains an image)
Because the point of view of the novel shifts, you know more about Brendan than Jodie does. Which of the following options is something that Brendan does care about?
Sometimes Catholics light a candle when they say a prayer for someone. There are other reasons that Catholics may light candles at church too. If you are interested in learning more about the symbolism of candles in Catholicism, click the link below. (This annotation contains a link)
For the most part, Mrs. Shields speaks with a very ____ tone, which contributes to the idea that the other characters do not particularly care for her company.
Which character was recently in need of money to fund a plan? Can you see the two parallel plots coming together?
Explain in your own words what Brendan is asking Brian here.
The people who seat guests at a formal gathering are called ushers.
What do you think? Does Donna Spring seem like the type of character who would do this to her own family?
Which statement best summarizes the relationship between Stephen and Kathleen?
The highlighted question is an example of a rhetorical question. A rhetorical question is meant to make a statement; it is not really intended to be answered.
Because of the style of narration, you have access to both Miranda Johnson's thoughts and Hannah's thoughts. What effect does this create?
Do you see the irony here? Miranda believes that Hannah is doing the one good act she might ever do. As the reader, you know the opposite is true!
Consider the author's use of foreshadowing here and how it adds to the tension of the story. What image comes to mind as you read the highlighted text? Who are you picturing taking over the wedding?
Which of the following phrases from the highlighted text does NOT contain imagery?
By now, have you figured out who is behind the book?
What can you infer about Hannah's current appearance?
Think about the symbolism in the highlighted text. What could the shard of the mug symbolize? Perhaps Hannah's violent intentions or her broken past? There may be more than one correct answer. As the reader, you can reflect on the story and draw your own conclusions about the text. A piece of writing is like any piece of art; it may be interpreted differently by different people.
The phrase "killing time" is an example of an idiom. It means to waste time. Idioms are commonly used expressions which mean something different than what they literally state. Can you think of any other idioms? (This annotation contains an image)
Explain: what does it mean that Hannah has a "marginal existence"? You can use the Define feature for the word marginal, but you will also need to use context clues and your knowledge of Hannah.
Have you seen any textual evidence that backs up Jodie's statement?
Which word best describes the mood of this scene?
Are you as quick as Brian? Have you solved the mystery in this story? Either way, it will be revealed soon!
Why does Janie want to save the leaf?
Dress styles have changed a lot over the decades. It sounds like Donna's retro wedding ensemble may have looked a little like what you see in the photo below. (This annotation contains an image)
The dress may not be very fashionable, but, in Janie's eyes, it is a symbol of a good, lasting marriage.
Why does Kathleen go back to this possible Hannah?
Watch the video below to review theme. Many books have multiple themes. One theme of this book has already been discussed. Identity is another theme in the story. Can you see how the theme of identity is addressed in the highlighted text? (This annotation contains a video)
This is a major breakthrough for Brendan!
The highlighted text contains
At this point, you know that Hannah's mental state is very unhealthy. Of course Janie is not laughing about thwarting Hannah's plans; Janie does not even know about Hannah's plans. These delusions of Hannah's can lead you to infer that she may have a serious illness, such as paranoid schizophrenia.
Originally, Hannah planned to ruin the wedding. She has settled on a new target.
Which of the following sentences uses shower in the same way that it is used in the highlighted text?
What a great example of alliteration! Did you notice it? If you need to review this literary device, follow the link below to refresh your memory. (This annotation contains a link)
List at least one clue from earlier in the novel that would lead the reader to believe that Hannah was the author.
Brendan has showed low self-esteem and self-doubt throughout the novel. Maybe these reassuring words from his father will help to change how he feels about himself.
Stephen has changed a lot over the course of the novel. Characters like Stephen, that change internally during the plot of a text, are called _____.
Why is it such a bad idea to leave Mr. Johnson alone right now?
Consider the highlighted text. What does Mr. Spring mean by this?
Just when Janie thought that Reeve couldn't get any more romantic, he surpassed himself!
Which of the following lines of text would be different if the story were written in the first-person from Brian's perspective?
Do you believe Frank? What do you know that Miranda does not?
What does this line reveal (or reiterate) about Hannah's personality?
The John F. Kennedy International Airport, also known as JFK, is pictured below. It is located in New York. (This annotation contains an image)
Why won't Brendan be seating anybody?
This refers to a signaling system using flags. Reeve is just trying to be funny and is pretending that Janie is a plane coming in to land. Remember that you can use the Define feature if you need help with any words. (This annotation contains an image)
Why is some of the text on this page in bold?
Think back to the video you watched about pacing. The story is going at a hurried pace right now, building up to the climax and the wedding ceremony.
Who is agent Mollison and why is he here?
This sounds like a countdown to the climax of the story!
Did you notice what is missing here? Usually another piece of the "Kidnapper's Puzzle" is given before each chapter. It seems like the author wants to leave you in suspense by not telling you what Hannah is up to!
The word _____ could be a replacement for genuflected in the highlighted sentence.
What is Mr. Johnson trying to say here? Sound the word out aloud.
What is revealed about Janie here? Why doesn't she tell Jodie what is going on?
In this metaphor, Hannah is the leopard. Could she also be the prey though?
The highlighted text contains a metaphor comparing _____ to _____.
Remember that Janie asked Agent Mollison to give her a sign? What does this sign mean?