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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. After how many days in D.C. does Moore learn about a murder in New York that seems connected to the killer?
2. Who takes Moore to see Pomeroy?
3. What is the name of the expert Moore and Kreizler talk to in Chapter 28?
4. In Chapter 22, how many bishops does Moore meet with?
5. Where does the team begin to suspect the killer lived as a child?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Sara share with Moore about Kreizler's childhood?
2. Why do city officials kidnap Moore and Kreizler?
3. What do Moore and Sara learn when they go to the census office to ask if John ever worked there?
4. Describe Moore's meeting with two local bishops when he is investigating the boy prostitute murders.
5. Why does Marcus become excited when he sees that the killer left the third murdered boy prostitute's eye in tact?
6. How does John end up being sent to St. Elizabeth's Asylum?
7. What do the Isaacsons learn while in Chicago?
8. Why does Kreizler agree to rejoin the case?
9. What information does Sara uncover about the New Paltz murders?
10. How does Paul help Kreizler and his team?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the fact that the team eventually realizes that the killer fits perfectly into the psychological profile they have constructed. How do they come to these conclusions? How do they react when their theories start becoming realities? Why do you think Carr makes the killer fit their profile so exactly? What point is he trying to make?
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 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?
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