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. Which character emphasizes that the killer should not be thought of as a monster?

2. Who says, "Change isn't something most people enjoy, even if it's progressive change."?

3. What is the stage name of the victim Joseph knew?

4. What is Sara's last name?

5. What is the name of Kreizler's friend who helped inspire his theory?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Explore the significance of Kreizler leaving the case after Mary is killed. What is his reasoning for dropping out of the case? Why does he make this decision after his love has been killed? Does he seem justified in his reasoning? Why or why not? Why does he eventually come back? What has changed?

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

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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