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. Whose illegitimate child does Martha deliver in October of 1791?
(a) Sally Pierce
(b) Rebecca Foster
(c) Rebecca Densmore
(d) Ellen Franklin

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

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

4. Who was expected to provide all the items for the newlyweds' new home?
(a) The groom's parents
(b) The bride and groom
(c) The groom
(d) The bride and her parents

5. How are 18th century weddings described?
(a) Over the top
(b) Extremely reserved
(c) Conservative
(d) Big events

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Martha Ballard's maiden name?

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

3. What was the birth to death ratio in Martha's town between the years of 1785 and 1790?

4. With whom does Dolly Ballard apprentice as a dressmaker?

5. How does Martha refer to single women in her diary?

Short Essay Questions

1. How was Reverend Foster's wife, Rebecca, received in Hallowell?

2. What did Martha charge for delivering a baby?

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

4. Explain the contentious relationship between Reverend Foster and Henry Sewall.

5. How did Martha get started as a midwife in Hallowell?

6. How has Martha's diary been perceived by historians?

7. What was the outcome of the Rebecca Foster rape case?

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

9. What is so amazing about Martha's diary and why do some people speculate that she began writing it?

10. Explain the community's position on premarital sex and how Martha's own family was embroiled in a situation regarding premarital sex.

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