The Alienist 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 is the stage name of the victim Joseph knew?

2. In what month does the novel open?

3. What relative does Moore live with?

4. What is the name of Kreizler's housekeeper?

5. Who does Marcus say is good with kids?

Short Essay Questions

1. What similar murder to the murder of the boy prostitute does Kreizler bring up in Chapter 6?

2. What does Moore learn from one of Giorgio's friends about his murder?

3. Why is Roosevelt excited about his meeting with Kreizler and Moore, which he tells Moore about at the watchtower?

4. Why does Moore begin to suspect that Kreizler and Sara are in love?

5. Why does Kreizler withhold his goal from the Isaacsons when he asks them to examine the bodies of a brother and sister?

6. What do Sara and Moore learn when they arrive at the home of the Santorellis?

7. What concerns does the investigative team have they are studying psychology to learn about the killer's possible motives?

8. Why does Moore wake up in a strange place in Chapter 12?

9. What does Moore see when he arrives at the Williamsburg Bridge on March 3, 1896?

10. How do Moore and Kreizler begin reminiscing about the murder case that makes up the stories narrative?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the revelation that Kreizler was abused as a child. Why do you think the author chose to make this character a victim of domestic abuse? What point might he be trying to make?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the reasons why the team is drawn to the murder case. When do you first get the sense that the case is very important to Kreizler? Why do you think he initially becomes involved in wanting to solve it? What about the other characters?

Essay Topic 3

Explore the theme of evil used in "The Alienist". What seems to be the idea of the notion of evil as portrayed in the book? What does Kreizler seem to feel about the idea of evil? What does it seem like the author is saying about the nature of evil?

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