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. What kind of equipment does Marcus believe the killer is using to gain entry to the crime scenes?

2. What is Biff's real first name?

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

4. What does Paul do?

5. What color are Joseph's eyes?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the investigative team know that the killer is bald?

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

3. Why do city officials kidnap Moore and Kreizler?

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

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

6. How does Moore find himself knocked unconscious at the Croton Reservoir?

7. How does Paul help Kreizler and his team?

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

9. What bad news do Moore and Kreizler receive in Chapter 36?

10. What do Lucius and Marcus find when they autopsy John's body?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the revelation that Kreizler was abused as a child. Why do you think the author chose to make this character a victim of domestic abuse? What point might he be trying to make?

Essay Topic 2

Explore the fact that the story opens in 1919 and quickly shifts to 1896 and then shifts back to 1919 at the very end. Why do you think Carr chooses to tell his story this way? Why do you think he did not just write the story in chronological order with the funeral at the end? What do you think can be gained by briefly starting the story in 1919 as opposed to 1896?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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