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. How does Kreizler feel when he learns that Mary spent a fun day with a man?

2. What is Biff's last name?

3. Who says, "A little hard on the girl, weren't you Kreizler?"

4. What is the last name of an essayist called Jake?

5. How many women work for the New York City police department at the time when Kreizler is investigating a murder?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why does Sara express concern for Kreizler in Chapter 19?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Moore and Kreizler. How are they alike and how are they different? How do the characters play off of each other? How might the story be different if either character was not present?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the significance of the team's visit with Adam Dury. How does Adam react when Moore and Kreizler first show up at his door? Why do you think he acts this way? What tone is set during their introductions? What does the team learn from Adam?

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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