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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. The Royal Emissary looks upon Mrs. Palmer as _______________.

2. What did Frank Haven Hall invent?

3. Who carries out Holmes' burial instructions?

4. What does Holmes seek to hear in his victims?

5. What evidence do the police have?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Holmes occupy himself in prison?

4. What eventually happens to the Ferris wheel?

5. How does Holmes kill Anna?

6. Why does the New York editor want his fellow editors to apologize to Chicago?

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

8. How does Holmes seduce Georgianna?

9. What does McKim write in his letter in the Departures chapter?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In what ways has Chicago always been linked with crime? What other criminals are linked with the city? How is Chicago's reputation for crime influenced through its representation in popular culture? What difference do the students think the Exposition made to crime in 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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