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 befriends a young man named Joseph?

2. What is Stevie's last name?

3. Who says in Chapter 21 that a woman probably contributed to the killer's suffering?

4. Who says, "But I can tell you, John--that's a man's work, back there."?

5. Who drugs Moore in Chapter 11?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Kreizler treat Mary when the team arrives back at their headquarters after visiting the scene of the second boy prostitute murder?

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

4. How is the room where Giorgio served his clients described?

5. What happens when Sara and Moore run into Paul and Biff at the police department?

6. What does Biff tell Moore when he visits Paresis Hall in Chapter 11?

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

8. Why does Stevie knock on Moore's door on the morning of March 3, 1896?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore the instance in the novel when Kreizler finally gets to interrogate the killer. What sorts of questions does Kreizler ask the killer? How does the killer respond to the questions? What techniques does the author use to portray the attitudes of both Kreizler and the killer? How does Kreizler seem to feel about the responses he receives?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the fact that the team eventually realizes that the killer fits perfectly into the psychological profile they have constructed. How do they come to these conclusions? How do they react when their theories start becoming realities? Why do you think Carr makes the killer fit their profile so exactly? What point is he trying to make?

Essay Topic 3

Look at the use of foreshadowing in the novel. Choose at least two instances of foreshadowing and expand on them. How was the foreshadowed issue addressed later in the novel? Why do you think Carr chooses to use foreshadowing in these instances?

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