A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 Test | Final 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 Ephraim's attitude about his surveying work?

2. How old is Martha at the beginning of 1796?

3. When did midwives stop attending autopsies?

4. What is one reason that Martha's diary is so special?

5. To what event is Martha invited?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Ephraim get embroiled in events that would lead to the Malta War of 1809?

2. What was the state of Martha's mental and physical health now that she is 70-years-old?

3. How does this chapter show a real personal crisis for Martha?

4. Explain how the emergence of physicians changed the practices of most midwives.

5. What was Martha's only real problem during Ephraim's incarceration?

6. Who were Captain Purrinton and his family?

7. Name the two reasons Martha's diary is so special.

8. What were the circumstances preceding Ephraim's arrest?

9. How did Charles Elventon Nash incorporate Martha's diary into his history of Augusta?

10. What medical treatments were popular during this time period?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Religious intolerance is a big part of life in 18th century New England. How is this information revealed through Martha's diary entries? What is known about Martha's position on religion and intolerant people?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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

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