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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. To whom does Prendergast send a postcard?

2. How many architects does Burnham invite to work on the designs?

3. How many years have passed since the Exposition?

4. What does Mrs. Lawrence think has happened to Emeline?

5. Who does Prendergast want to become his assistant?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Mrs. Lawrence not go to the police in Chappell Redux?

2. What is Chicago's attitude toward missing people in the 19th century?

3. What happens between Julia and Holmes in Remains of the Day?

4. Why does Prendergast want to help Carter Harrison?

5. What problems is Burnham facing in Gauntlet Dropped?

6. What does the Modus Operandi chapter say about Pendergast's desires as a serial killer?

7. What are Holmes' initial impressions of Chicago?

8. Why does Holmes send Pitezel to obtain Dr. Kelley's cure for alcoholism?

9. What event does the Chicago Exposition celebrate?

10. What are the two main deadlines for the Exposition?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the novel's chronological setting.

1) What were the main concerns during the 1890's. How does Larson express these concerns?

2) In what ways do you think the novel's meaning would change if it were set in today's society?

Essay Topic 2

Who were Daniel Burnham and John Root? How influential were Daniel Burnham and John Root in helping to create contemporary Chicago? Why were they chosen as the chief architects?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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