The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness in the Fair That Changed America Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Erik Larson
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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 the name of Ned's daughter?

2. Who tells Emeline to get away from Holmes?

3. Prendergast thinks he is about to be appointed as ________________.

4. In what building do Burnham and John Root sit?

5. What does Holmes' Silver Ash Institute support?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does McKim write in his letter in the Departures chapter?

2. Why does Prendergast want to help Carter Harrison?

3. Describe Chicago before the Exposition.

4. How does Holmes start making good money?

5. What happens to the Ferris Wheel during the windstorm?

6. What does Burnham concede in his negotiations with the unions?

7. Describe Prendergast's visit to the City Hall.

8. What mistake has the structural engineer made in Cold Blooded Fact?

9. Who does Burnham invite to work on the designs for the World Exposition Fair?

10. Why does Burnham have to raise attendance?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the characters in the book and examine his/her real life. How does Larson represent him/her in the novel? Is this an accurate representation of the character?

Essay Topic 2

Look at the structure of the novel.

1) How does Larson use character and dialogue to drive the narrative?

2) Discuss elements of the narrative structure: exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the novel's themes?

3) Away from the main characters, examine the way Larson uses the other characters in the story. When does he introduce and take them away from the story? What effect does it have on the story?

Essay Topic 3

Look at the novel's characterization. How well drawn do you think Larson's characters are? Select one of the minor characters such as Mrs. Lawrence and discuss how much you know about her background. How does Larson provide the reader with information about that character?

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