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

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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. Holmes' hotel always smells of __________________.

2. How much longer does Harrison say he will live?

3. What is the favorite attraction at the fair?

4. Who leaves before the closing ceremony?

5. For what is the Ferris wheel eventually used?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Olmstead in the Recessional chapter?

2. How does Holmes kill Anna?

3. What does Geyer find out about the children in Indianapolis?

4. What is Holmes's plan in the Independence Day chapter?

5. What eventually happens to Holmes?

6. What happens to Millet in the Aboard the Olympic chapter?

7. How does Holmes react to Geyer's finding the bodies?

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

9. What eventually happens to Burnham and his wife?

10. Why does Burnham not listen to advice from Olmsted?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Look at the Chicago weather.

1) For what kind of weather is Chicago famous? What role does the weather play in the book?

2) Why did such experienced architects not take into account the effects of the snow? How are today's buildings in Chicago built specifically to handle the Chicago weather?

Essay Topic 2

How was Chicago different in the 1880's to what it is now? What kind of people lived there and what sort of jobs did they have? In what ways did the exposition make a big difference to the city?

Essay Topic 3

The novel is set mostly in Chicago.

1) What meaning does Chicago bring to the novel? What would you automatically presume about a novel that was set in Chicago?

2) How different do you think today's Chicago is to the Chicago in the novel? How do you think the novel's meaning would change if it were set in today's Chicago?

3) How do you think the Chicago settings of the novel contributes to the novel's dark tone?

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