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. In what year does the novel open?

2. What is the only known cause for why the man in the insane asylum killed his neighbor's daughter?

3. What is the name of the man who killed his neighbor's daughter for no apparent reason?

4. What ailment does Kreizler's housekeeper have?

5. What does Paul do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the letter Sara obtains from that was sent to Mrs. Santorelli.

4. What theories does the team develop about the killer's childhood and history, based on the evidence they have found?

5. Why do Kreizler and Moore visit Kreizler's institute in Chapter 7?

6. What is the crime scene discovered on March 3, 1896?

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

8. How does Moore feel about the possibility that Kreizler and Sara are in love?

9. How does Moore meet Joseph?

10. What does Roosevelt give Moore on March 3, 1896 at the watchtower?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss your feelings about the way the novel ended. What stands out most to you about the ending? Are you satisfied with the way the story ends? Why or why not? What might you change about the ending?

Essay Topic 2

Explore the role of Sara in the novel. What is her personality like? How does she interact with other characters? What seems to be her driving motivation? How would the novel be different without her? Do you think the author uses her character to make a statement about women in this time period? Why or why not? Use text to support your claim.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the use of the first-person perspective used for the novel. Why do you think the author felt this was the best perspective for this novel? How would the novel be different if the story was told from an omniscient, third-person perspective? What relevant information would we have missed if the novel was told this way? How might this way also be more beneficial?

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