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. What is the epidemic in the summer of 1787?
(a) Scarlet fever
(b) Malaria
(c) Smallpox
(d) Measles

2. What is the function of a midwife?
(a) Housekeeping
(b) Deliver babies
(c) Teacher
(d) Weaver

3. Which social and economic class had more out-of-wedlock births?
(a) The upper class
(b) The middle class
(c) The lower class
(d) Each class had an equal share

4. Martha's success rate was comparable to the statistics of the _______________.
(a) 1920s
(b) 1890s
(c) 1860s
(d) 1930s

5. What is the state of Martha's accounts at this point?
(a) Meager
(b) Could be better
(c) Healthy
(d) Broke

6. How many preachers was each town allowed?
(a) 4
(b) 1
(c) 3
(d) 2

7. In what year was Martha Ballard born?
(a) 1776
(b) 1735
(c) 1800
(d) 1753

8. Martha used her diary to _________________.
(a) vent about emotional problems
(b) unload her problems
(c) track her businesses
(d) complain about her husband

9. Many men during Martha's lifetime thought that education for a woman was ________________.
(a) Optional
(b) Critical
(c) Unlikely
(d) Unnecessary

10. In what town are the Ballards living in 1787?
(a) Albany
(b) Halperin
(c) Boston
(d) Hallowell

11. What was a normal occurrence during courtship?
(a) having picnics
(b) pre-marital sex
(c) going dancing
(d) going to church

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

13. What was Ephraim's profession?
(a) Surveyor and judge
(b) Lawyer and miller
(c) Lawyer and judge
(d) Surveyor and miller

14. How many people died during the epidemic in 1787?
(a) 50
(b) 150
(c) 15
(d) 5

15. Martha's training was _________________________.
(a) traditional and experimental
(b) manual and experimental
(c) literary and experimental
(d) traditional and manual

Short Answer Questions

1. What term did Martha use for a woman in labor?

2. Which of Martha's daughters spun yarn for weaving and trading?

3. How are 18th century weddings described?

4. What does Martha's diary provide to historians?

5. How many people in the Ballard household get married in 1792?

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