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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was the name of one of the rivers that was drying up near Philadelphia?
(a) Susquehanna.
(b) Lehigh.
(c) Allegheny.
(d) Delaware.

2. In which direction were the swamps near Philadelphia that had lost water due to the intense heat?
(a) South.
(b) North.
(c) West.
(d) East.

3. After a sailor died in a boarding house, who was the next person to die?
(a) Mrs. Richard Parkinson.
(b) Mr. Moore.
(c) Mr. Peter Aston.
(d) Mr. Denny.

4. What doctor wrote about the disgusting aspects of the vomit that spewed from fever victims?
(a) Walter Reed.
(b) William Lewis.
(c) Benjamin Rush.
(d) Isaac Cathrall.

5. How many people do historians estimate fled from Philadelphia during the fever?
(a) 35,000.
(b) 20,000.
(c) 15,000.
(d) 30,000.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the date at the beginning of Chapter 1?

2. How many humors did physicians believe there were in the human body?

3. How many times a day did Charles Willson Peale fire a musket inside his house?

4. How many groups in Philadelphia stepped forward and offered to help with the sick and deceased?

5. What did doctors give Catherine LeMaigre to cool her fever?

Short Essay Questions

1. What types of services did the Free African Society perform for the sick?

2. What were the main reasons why people stayed in the city during the plague?

3. Why did Benjamin Rush ask the Free African society to help nurse the sick and attend to the dead?

4. What did doctors base their medical thinking upon in the 1700s?

5. Describe the sewer system in Philadelphia.

6. What did the volunteers from the Free African Society often find when they entered the homes of fever victims?

7. What business was conducted by the members of the Pennsylvania legislature before they adjourned?

8. Why did the members of the Pennsylvania legislature become fearful two days after they began meeting at the statehouse?

9. Why were the black nurses criticized?

10. What did the governor do about the plague?

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