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. The cops who beat the Santorellis were accompanied by how many priests?

2. In Chapter 16, Moore begins to suspect that who is in love with Sara?

3. After seeing a letter from the killer to Mrs. Santorelli, it is determined that the killer is about how old?

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

5. Who says, "Some customers, they like it when you don't like it."?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Marcus discover when examining the scene of the murder of the second boy prostitute?

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

5. Why does Kreizler want Moore to meet him at Bellevue the day after they find the first body?

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

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

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

9. How does Kreizler react when Sara announces that she believes the killer had a woman in his life who has lead to his suffering?

10. Why does Roosevelt want Moore's investigation into the boy prostitute's murder to be a secret.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Explore the role of Theodore Roosevelt in the novel. How does he drive the plot? Discuss the ways the story benefits from having a real person as a character. What disadvantages are there to this usage?

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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