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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. Which prominent man in Hallowell did not like Isaac Foster?
2. What is the bulk of Martha's diary?
3. Many historians consider Martha's diary to be _____________.
4. What are Mr. Densmore's occupations?
5. What major problem does Martha have with living in the new house?
Short Essay Questions
1. What was the outcome of the Rebecca Foster rape case?
2. Both Ephraim and Martha had businesses to manage. How were their approaches to business different?
3. What were the circumstances surrounding the typical wedding?
4. Explain why the summer of 1787 was very harrowing for the Ballard family.
5. Where did Martha Ballard grow up and when did she marry her husband/
6. What is so amazing about Martha's diary and why do some people speculate that she began writing it?
7. During what years did Martha keep her diary?
8. Explain the metaphor of the community as a blue-checked cloth.
9. How has Martha's diary been perceived by historians?
10. Explain the community's position on premarital sex and how Martha's own family was embroiled in a situation regarding premarital sex.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Martha's diary reveals some surprising information regarding courtship and marriage which is contrary to popular beliefs. What was the true nature of courtship and marriage in 18th century New England?
Essay Topic 3
In addition to details of each birth, explain what other information Martha included in her diary. Why do you think she veered off to include items not directly related to midwifery?
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