The Alienist Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Caleb Carr
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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. Who drugs Moore in Chapter 11?

2. What does Paul do?

3. What is the first name of the little girl who was murdered by the serial killer alongside her brother?

4. Who takes Mary out for a day of fun in Chapter 16?

5. What nickname does Roosevelt's wife give to Kreizler?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Joseph tell Moore and Marcus about the second murdered boy prostitute?

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

3. Why is Sara concerned for the safety of the Santorellis?

4. Why does Kreizler become angry when he is at Bellevue?

5. Why is Sara waiting for Moore at his doorstep in Chapter 8?

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

7. Why does the investigative team visit Castle Garden in Chapter 14?

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

9. What do the Isaacsons tell Moore and Kreizler about the murders of a brother and sister after examining their bodies?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore the fact that powerful men in the city are trying to scare the team off of the murder case. Who are the men that have been trying to put a stop to the investigation? What lengths have they gone to to try to scare Kreizler and Moore off of the case? What are there reasons for doing this? What do you think the author is trying to say about the city during this time period through the powerful men?

Essay Topic 2

Explore the fact that the story opens in 1919 and quickly shifts to 1896 and then shifts back to 1919 at the very end. Why do you think Carr chooses to tell his story this way? Why do you think he did not just write the story in chronological order with the funeral at the end? What do you think can be gained by briefly starting the story in 1919 as opposed to 1896?

Essay Topic 3

Explore the use of historically accurate aspects in the novel. What historically accurate events, places, people, or ideas have you noticed throughout the book? What techniques does the author use to paint a historically accurate picture of New York City at this time? What tone do you think Carr is trying to create?

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