Chasing Lincoln's Killer Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

James L. Swanson
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Essay Topic 1

Examine how James Swanson's writing of Chasing Lincoln's Killer displays characteristics of the Realism literary movement and what effect the use of that style has on the narrative. Use concrete details from the book to support your claims.

Essay Topic 2

What is the book's message regarding the tendency for humans to be fascinated with macabre subjects? Create a strong, specific, arguable claim and back it up with quotes from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the author's treatment of the climactic scene of the manhunters' discovery of John Wilkes Booth at the Garrett Farm. Why is the author so concerned with the actions of Baker and his men and how does the tone of his writing in this scene reflect his attitude about the actions of Baker and his men? Use concrete details from the text to support your points.

Essay Topic 4

Examine the dichotomy between John...

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