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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 other reason that makes Martha's diary to special?
2. Who is ambushing survey crews?
3. Who else commits suicide during this period?
4. How old is Martha in the spring of 1804?
5. Who committed a murder/suicide on July 9, 1806?
Short Essay Questions
1. What was occurring in 1809 which could be likened to the Boston Tea Party?
2. What complicated the community's recovery period after the Purrinton murders?
3. How did Martha's complete diary find its way to being published in its entirety?
4. What was the common practice regarding midwives attending at autopsies?
5. How did Ephraim get embroiled in events that would lead to the Malta War of 1809?
6. What shocking crime did Captain Purrinton commit?
7. Martha's garden was always important to her but why was it especially critical during 1809?
8. How does this chapter show a real personal crisis for Martha?
9. What happened in the aftermath of the Purrinton murders?
10. What medical treatments were popular during this time period?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Explain the role of the midwife in 18th century colonial America. What made Martha so successful in this role?
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
Describe Martha Ballard's life story beginning with her birth in Massachusetts in 1735. Who was her husband? How many children did she have? What were her primary professions?
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