The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness in the Fair That Changed America Short Essay - Answer Key

Erik Larson
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1. What event does the Chicago Exposition celebrate?

The official name is the World's Columbian Exposition. It is a celebration of the 400th anniversary since Columbus' discovery of America.

2. What are Holmes' initial impressions of Chicago?

H. H. Holmes disembarks from the train and he savors the smells and the sights that surround him as he enters the city. He loves it from the beginning. He thinks it will be a perfect place to settle.

3. Describe Chicago before the Exposition.

It is a violent city that has a large gray area between morality and vice. The streets are dirty and the smell of the slaughterhouse remind locals that the city itself is a slaughterhouse.

4. How does Holmes start making good money?

As a teacher, Holmes had made little money and, as a doctor, he made less. He contacts a friend from medical school who is doing no better, and they plan their first scheme to make some money through insurance fraud.

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