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The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness in the Fair That Changed America Test | Final 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. Where does the British navy boat sink?

2. What is Prendergast's sentence for killing Harrison?

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

4. Why does McKim leave so early?

5. In which city is Holmes' trial?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Burnham feel he is a failure in the At Last chapter?

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

3. What eventually happens to Burnham and his wife?

4. What happens to George Ferris?

5. What happens to Chicago after the Exposition is finished?

6. How does the Exposition influence America?

7. What happens in Mr. Chamberlain's office in the Departure chapter?

8. What do the police find in Holmes' hotel?

9. What does Burnham manage to prove to the world?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

What position does Dr. Holmes hold in American popular culture? How was he able to go undetected for so long? Does the author present him as someone with a motive or does he portray him as completely evil?

Essay Topic 3

Examine Burnham's role in making the Exposition a success.

1) Should Burnham should be regarded as a hero for how he persevered with the Exposition?

2) What role did the other workers play in the success? What do the students think would have happened if Burnham had given up?

3) How important is a leader to such an effort?

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