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 did Martha use as purgatives?
(a) Licorice
(b) Senna
(c) Henna
(d) Marshmallow root

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

3. What was the wife expected to make for the couple's new home?
(a) A quilt
(b) Curtains
(c) New clothes
(d) Rugs

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

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

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

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

8. What term did Martha use for a woman in labor?
(a) Tormented
(b) Writhing
(c) Unwell
(d) Expectant

9. Who does Jonathan Ballard marry in February of 1792?
(a) Rebecca Densmore
(b) Sally Pierce
(c) Ellen Howe
(d) Rebecca Foster

10. Why was Martha able to keep her daughters at home for the majority of their young adult lives?
(a) She demanded that they stay
(b) She asked them to stay
(c) She would not let them marry
(d) She had enough money from her two businesses

11. Which of the following is not a product for which Martha used herbs?
(a) Hallucinogens
(b) Ointments
(c) Compresses
(d) Teas

12. Were marriages arranged in the 18th century?
(a) yes
(b) always
(c) sometimes
(d) no

13. Physicians often doubled as what profession?
(a) Newspaper Editor
(b) Justice of the Peace
(c) Judge
(d) Lawyer

14. Society during Martha's time was described as a ___________________.
(a) ripple in a pool
(b) spider's web
(c) ladder
(d) blue-checked cloth

15. An unwed mother was required to _______________________.
(a) admit to the crime of fornication
(b) give her baby up
(c) raise the child alone
(d) marry the child's father

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is not something Martha noted in her diary about each birth?

2. What is Martha accused of taking from a neighbor?

3. What is Martha's sister's name?

4. How many young women did Martha employ in her home between the years of 1785-1800?

5. What do Ephraim and Jonathan build for Martha?

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