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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 is Martha accused of taking from a neighbor?
(a) A turkey
(b) Some flax
(c) A tablecloth
(d) A pie

2. Why does Martha think Dr. Page will not be successful?
(a) He comes from a big city
(b) He is young and single
(c) He has no connections in the town
(d) He is too inexperienced

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

4. What marked the end of the "lying-in" period for a new mother?
(a) When she could make her own bed
(b) When the baby was considered healthy
(c) When the relatives went home
(d) When one month had passed

5. Which of the following was not one of Ephraim's professions?
(a) Miller
(b) Attorney
(c) Tax collector
(d) Surveyor

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the perception of midwives among women?

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

3. Who does Rebecca Foster accuse of raping her?

4. Martha's diary was once included in a book about the history of which city?

5. Why was Martha able to keep her daughters at home for the majority of their young adult lives?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the occupation of Martha's husband, Ephraim?

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

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

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

5. How does Martha's diary show the male-dominated society in which she lived?

6. What was the opinion of Reverend Foster by the Calvinists in the town and whose was the principal voice among them?

7. What were the circumstances surrounding the typical wedding?

8. Both Ephraim and Martha had businesses to manage. How were their approaches to business different?

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

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

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