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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. Of whose murder is Holmes convicted?

2. With what is the closing ceremony replaced?

3. What does Holmes do when Anna enters the vault?

4. What ceremony takes place in the At Last chapter?

5. What did Frank Haven Hall invent?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What eventually happens to Burnham and his wife?

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

4. What tragedy occurs in the Rising Wave chapter?

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

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

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

8. What does Geyer find in Toronto?

9. How does Holmes seduce Georgianna?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the depression of 1893.

1) How bad was the 1893 depression? How long did it last?

2) How did Chicago made such a success of the Exposition when there was a depression going on?

3) How could the authorities justify spending so much money on one event when people were struggling?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Why did Holmes choose the women he did as his wives? What similar characteristics did they have? What kind of woman would have proven to be Holmes' downfall?

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