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 is Biff's real first name?

2. Who does Joseph say called his murdered friend "uppity"?

3. Who says, "By all rights you should be dead."?

4. What is the name of the professor who wrote the psychology book Moore studies?

5. Sara points out that all the murders since January have taken place near what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Moore wake up in a strange place in Chapter 12?

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

4. Why is Sara concerned for the safety of the Santorellis?

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

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

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

8. Why does Stevie knock on Moore's door on the morning of March 3, 1896?

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

10. What theories does the team develop about the killer's childhood and history, based on the evidence they have found?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Look at the use of socioeconomic statuses and racial tensions in the novel. Where do you see class differences? Why are the distinctions important to the story? How are immigrants treated in the story? What about Native Americans? What do you think the author might be trying to say about the societal issues at the time when the story takes place?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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