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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How many bundles of shirts and dresses for orphans were sent by the Widow Grubb?
(a) 12.
(b) 14.
(c) 16.
(d) 18.

2. Besides the mayor, how many members were on the illegal special committee formed to run Philadelphia?
(a) 15.
(b) 26.
(c) 34.
(d) 12.

3. For how many years had doctors been using bloodletting or phlebotomy?
(a) Over 3,000.
(b) Nearly 3,500.
(c) About 1,000.
(d) More than 2,500.

4. What decorated houses where people were sick from the yellow fever?
(a) A skull and crossbones.
(b) A notice from the city.
(c) Tiny red flags.
(d) Small blue stars.

5. How old was the servant boy that Dr. Rush trained to open a vein and see the sick?
(a) 12.
(b) 14.
(c) 13.
(d) 11.

6. Where was a Philadelphia woman and her black servant tarred and feathered?
(a) Manhattan, New York.
(b) Milford, Delaware.
(c) New Jersey.
(d) Massachusetts.

7. Whose letter did Dr. Rush find in his old medical books about the yellow plagues that had occurred in Virginia about fifty years earlier?
(a) Charles Neece.
(b) John Mitchell.
(c) Davis Miller.
(d) Byant Whitcomb.

8. Which member of the special committee was in charge of providing food for the city?
(a) Henry Deforest.
(b) James Sharswood.
(c) Israel Israel.
(d) Samuel Benge.

9. What type of church did Reverend Mr. Helmuth pastor?
(a) Methodist.
(b) Episcopal.
(c) Quaker.
(d) Lutheran.

10. Where did Major Christian Piercy become ill as he fled Philadelphia?
(a) Concord.
(b) Outside Camden.
(c) Baltimore.
(d) Near Manhatton.

11. What paper did Andrew Brown publish?
(a) Chronicle.
(b) Daily News.
(c) National Gazette.
(d) Federal Gazette.

12. How many times did it rain in September, 1793?
(a) 2.
(b) 4.
(c) 3.
(d) 1.

13. On October 17, which committee member wrote in the official minutes that the fever was winning?
(a) John Bordley.
(b) David Bryan.
(c) Matthew Carey.
(d) Caleb Lownes.

14. After Dr. Rush's assistants bled him and administered the purge, how many days did it take for him to get back on his feet?
(a) 5.
(b) 6.
(c) 7.
(d) 4.

15. Where did Thomas Jefferson and George Washington meet as they traveled toward Philadelphia?
(a) Baltimore.
(b) Concord.
(c) Boston.
(d) Manhattan.

Short Answer Questions

1. When did the fever reappear in Philadelphia?

2. How old was Stephen Girard in 1793?

3. How often had the College of Physicians promised to meet during the plague?

4. By the first of September, how many people were jammed into Bush Hill?

5. How much more did the committee spend than it had received in donations?

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