A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. On what river does Martha spend much of her time?
(a) Kennebec River
(b) Colorado River
(c) Ohio River
(d) Mississippi River

2. To what state do Martha and Ephraim move with their family?
(a) Connecticut
(b) New York
(c) Maine
(d) Ohio

3. What terms does Martha very seldom use for women in her diary?
(a) Lady or Mistress
(b) Dame or Mistress
(c) Lady or Mam
(d) Lady or Madam

4. Which of Martha's daughters spun yarn for weaving and trading?
(a) Hannah and Daisy
(b) Hannah and Dolly
(c) Molly and Ellen
(d) Hannah and Molly

5. In what town was Martha Ballard born?
(a) Oxford, England
(b) Oxford, Mississippi
(c) Oxford, Ohio
(d) Oxford, Massachusetts

6. Who is Dr. Page?
(a) A Hallowell physician
(b) An Augusta physician
(c) A Boston physician
(d) A Portland physician

7. How long did brides remain with their parents after the marriage?
(a) 2 months
(b) 1 month
(c) 6 months
(d) 1 year

8. Because of Dr. Page's training, Martha thinks he is _______________.
(a) overconfident
(b) better than she
(c) inexperienced
(d) immature

9. Who does Rebecca Foster accuse of raping her?
(a) Thomas Sewall
(b) Henry Sewall
(c) Colonel North
(d) James Franklin

10. In what year does Martha start her diary?
(a) 1812
(b) 1790
(c) 1785
(d) 1776

11. Where do Martha and Ephraim move their family?
(a) The Mill Pond house
(b) Captain North's house
(c) Old Lieutenant Howard's house
(d) Henry Sewall's house

12. What does young Ephraim do after the family's move?
(a) He works for neighbors
(b) He buys a horse
(c) He falls in love
(d) He plants a garden

13. What does Martha charge for each birth?
(a) 3 shillings
(b) 10 shillings
(c) 6 shillings
(d) 12 shillings

14. Premarital sex in 18th century New England is considered to be ______________.
(a) A crime
(b) Normal
(c) Rare
(d) Expected

15. With whom does Dolly Ballard apprentice as a dressmaker?
(a) Mrs. Densmore
(b) Mrs. Dunham
(c) Mrs. Franklin
(d) Mrs. Foster

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Dr. Page become a problem for Martha?

2. Many historians consider Martha's diary to be _____________.

3. Which of the following is not a product for which Martha used herbs?

4. How could birth be a dangerous process?

5. What was Martha Ballard's maiden name?

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