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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. By September 5, how many of Dr. Rush's patients did he claim improved with the Ten-and-Ten treatment?
(a) 3 out of 5.
(b) 15 out of 20.
(c) 8 out of 10.
(d) 29 out of 30.

2. During the plague, how many days might it take for a letter to be sent to or from Philadelphia?
(a) 3-6 days.
(b) 10-14 days.
(c) 8 days.
(d) 17 days.

3. When did President Washington leave Mount Vernon and head north?
(a) October 17.
(b) November 4.
(c) October 28.
(d) November 12.

4. In the 1700s, what was often prescribed to break a slight fever?
(a) Milk.
(b) Herb tea.
(c) Brandy.
(d) Lemonade.

5. How many died from the plague on October 7?
(a) 98.
(b) 92.
(c) 82.
(d) 84.

6. How much did a jury award Dr. Rush including court costs when he sued Cobbett for libel?
(a) $12,000.
(b) $23,000.
(c) $10,000.
(d) $8,000.

7. When Israel Israel finally won an election of Pennsylvania state legislature, by how many votes did he win?
(a) 328.
(b) 38.
(c) 59.
(d) 412.

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

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

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

11. How many whale oil streetlamps were in Philadelphia in 1793?
(a) 662.
(b) 434.
(c) 370.
(d) 514.

12. When Rush contracted yellow fever again, how many days did he spend confined to bed unable to lift his head?
(a) 7.
(b) 4.
(c) 5.
(d) 6.

13. Where did Dolley Payne Todd go during the fever outbreak?
(a) Providence.
(b) Germantown.
(c) Gray's Ferry.
(d) Camden.

14. Who was the governor of Maryland in 1793?
(a) Matthew Vining.
(b) Thomas Sim Lee.
(c) Bryan Andrews.
(d) John David Smythe.

15. Who was hired to design and construct Philadelphia's first waterworks?
(a) Gray Peters.
(b) Benjamin Latrobe.
(c) Franklin Rosling.
(d) Davis Nance.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which member of the special committee was in charge of providing food for the city?

2. What was the occupation of a man named Mr. Brooks who reopened his shop on October 31 and died of yellow fever on November 3?

3. Where did Major Christian Piercy become ill as he fled Philadelphia?

4. What was the name of a memorable poem written by Philip Freneau?

5. When did Dr. Rush realize that he had yellow fever?

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