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. Who says, "That's one gutsy girl."?

2. In Chapter 17, the team begins to think the killer with what in the city?

3. What color are Joseph's eyes?

4. Why does Giorgio run away from home?

5. Who presents a letter sent to Mrs. Santorelli from the killer?

Short Essay Questions

1. What leads Kreizler to believe that the person who killed the boy prostitute is a serial killer?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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