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. What is the perception of midwives among women?

2. Whose illegitimate child does Martha deliver in October of 1791?

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

4. How are 18th century weddings described?

5. How did Ephraim and Jonathan assist in Martha's weaving business?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What were the typical courting practices in late 18th century America?

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

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

6. How did people perceive Martha in the community?

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

8. How much detail did Martha include in her diary about each birth?

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

10. Explain how Martha's weaving business allowed for the overlapping of male and female roles in the Ballard household.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sexual relations between unmarried people was considered a crime and labeled "fornication" in 18th century New England yet by all accounts it was widely practiced. Explain the ramifications for those who engaged in unmarried sex and were discovered.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the process of making cloth in Martha's business. Begin with growing and harvesting the flax all the way to taking the cloth to market.

Essay Topic 3

In addition to her own daughters, Martha had several young women live and learn in her household over the years. Explain what skills Martha would impart and why she would have been a good teacher in domestic arts.

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