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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. What ceremony takes place in the At Last chapter?

2. What does Holmes ask Anna to get from his vault?

3. Holmes believes he is taking on the characteristics of __________.

4. Who of the following is one of the first people to take a ride on the Ferris wheel?

5. What does Holmes not want to become when he dies?

Short Essay Questions

1. What tragedy occurs in the Rising Wave chapter?

2. What does Geyer find in Toronto?

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

4. How does the Exposition influence America?

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

6. What eventually happens to the Ferris wheel?

7. In what way can the characters of Burnham and Holmes be compared?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Look at the structure of the novel.

1) How does Larson use character and dialogue to drive the narrative?

2) Discuss elements of the narrative structure: exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the novel's themes?

3) Away from the main characters, examine the way Larson uses the other characters in the story. When does he introduce and take them away from the story? What effect does it have on the story?

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

Discuss whether you think this statement is true or false: "It is impossible for a book to be an accurate account of events because its first job is to entertain." Use two examples from the novel to support your argument.

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