The Devil in the White City Discussion Questions

Instructor: Grace Pisano

Grace has a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in teaching. She previously taught high school in several states around the country.

'The Devil in the White City' is a historical novel by Erik Larson that describes the events of the 1893 World's Fair held in Chicago, Illinois. Use these questions in your high school classroom to help students think critically about the book.

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

When first reading The Devil in the White City, you may not realize that it is based on the true events surrounding the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. High school or college students will be fascinated by the events before, during and after the event. Larson writes the book through two lenses: architect Daniel Burnham and serial killer H.H. Holmes. If reading this book in its entirety in your high school classroom, be sure to warn and have conversations about the more sensitive events of the book.

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