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

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Premarital sex in 18th century New England is considered to be ______________.

2. How many preachers was each town allowed?

3. Who is Dr. Page?

4. Who moves into the Ballard house after their two daughters and niece leave to live with their new husbands?

5. What is the term used when the groom retrieves his bride from her parents' home?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were the circumstances surrounding the typical wedding?

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

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

4. What did Martha charge for delivering a baby?

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

6. How many doctors and midwives were available in the Hallowell area at the time?

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

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

9. Explain why the summer of 1787 was very harrowing for the Ballard family.

10. What were the circumstances surrounding the rape of Rebecca Foster?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the methods by which Martha would obtain her medicines. How do those methods compare to alternative medicines today?

Essay Topic 2

Toward the end of her life, it is clear Martha begrudged the fact that she was old and had to give up her independence and her work. In what ways did Martha persevere to do the best she could for her family and her community until she died?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the metaphor of society and the community being similar to a blue-checked tablecloth. What does the pattern on the cloth represent? Why was a cloth chosen to explain the scenario?

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