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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. With what is Burnham charged?

2. Holmes' hotel always smells of __________________.

3. On what day does Harrison announce his upcoming marriage?

4. Why did Burnham ignore most of Olmsted's advice?

5. Who does Susan Anthony meet at the fair?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Minnie and Anna see at the fair?

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

3. How does Holmes seduce Georgianna?

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

5. Describe the first test runs with the Ferris Wheel.

6. What does Geyer find in Toronto?

7. What eventually happens to Burnham and his wife?

8. Why does Burnham have to raise attendance?

9. What tragedy occurs in the Rising Wave chapter?

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

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 2

Devil in the White City is part of the true crime genre.

1) What are the conventions of the true crime genre in terms of character, language and plot?

2) In what way did White City help to set the template for similar novels? Do modern novels still use the ideas used in White City?

Essay Topic 3

What influence did Mayor Harrison Carter have on Chicago? Is his influence still felt? What kind of people do the students think Harrison appealed to and why?

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