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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. What does the President turn on at the opening ceremony?

2. Where does Holmes' wife live?

3. What is the reason people are not coming to the exposition?

4. What was the Exposition's unofficial name?

5. Who does Holmes ask Minnie to invite to the fair?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Holmes start making good money?

2. Why is Burnham glad Carter Harrison loses the mayoral election?

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

4. How is the city of Chicago preparing for the fair in Dreadful Things Done By Girls?

5. What does Pendergast say in the postcard he sends Cooling?

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

7. Why does Prendergast want to help Carter Harrison?

8. What does The World's Fair Hotel chapter show about Holmes' lifestyle?

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

10. What difference does the painter Millet make?

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

Examine the depression of 1893.

1) How bad was the 1893 depression? How long did it last?

2) How did Chicago made such a success of the Exposition when there was a depression going on?

3) How could the authorities justify spending so much money on one event when people were struggling?

Essay Topic 3

What potential problems does Burnham face? What is the worst problem and how can he solve it? Is Burnham the right man for the job and, if so, why is he the right man?

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