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

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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How did Ephraim and Jonathan assist in Martha's weaving business?
(a) Sales
(b) Weaving
(c) Accounting
(d) Sheared sheep and broke flax

3. Where did Martha deep much of her accounting?
(a) Her bedside table
(b) Her desk drawer
(c) Her kitchen cupboard
(d) Her diary

4. Martha's diary entries did not follow the same tone as other midwives from ________________.
(a) France
(b) Germany
(c) Rhode Island
(d) England

5. 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

Short Answer Questions

1. How many children does Martha deliver in her lifetime?

2. For how many years did Martha work as a midwife?

3. What was the wife expected to make for the couple's new home?

4. What did Dr. Page not understand?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the metaphor of the community as a blue-checked cloth.

2. What was the religious structure in Hallowell and who was the minister in the town?

3. Who was Dr. Page and what is his relationship with Martha?

4. Where did Martha Ballard grow up and when did she marry her husband/

5. Explain how courtship and marriage during Martha's life were very different from popular perception of the time period.

6. Which of Martha's relatives were married by 1792?

7. How did Martha procure her medicines and what treatments did she advocate?

8. Although premarital sex was acknowledged as a common practice, it was also illegal. Explain the repercussions for both people involved.

9. What was the role of a midwife in society and Martha's role in particular?

10. In general, how was the business in the community divided between men and women?

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