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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 average yearly income in Philadelphia in 1793?
(a) $100.
(b) $300.
(c) $400.
(d) $200.

2. Where did Jones and Allen discover a house where the mother was dead, the father was dying, and the children were huddled together, frightened and hungry?
(a) Water St.
(b) Emsley's Alley.
(c) Main St.
(d) Beckett's Allley.

3. What was the name of the doctor who had studied yellow fever, but never seen it?
(a) Dr. Benjamin Duffield.
(b) Dr. William Currie.
(c) Dr. Benjamin Rush.
(d) Dr. Samuel Griffitts.

4. What were the sewers called in Philadelphia?
(a) Sinks.
(b) Canals.
(c) Trenches.
(d) Cesspools.

5. Who lent his house to George and Martha Washington?
(a) Thomas Jefferson.
(b) Robert Morris.
(c) Matthew Clarkson
(d) Benjamin Rush.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did many people sprinkle around their rooms after whitewashing them?

2. How many French refugees fled a fierce slave rebellion?

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

4. What did A.B., a contributor to "Dunlap's American Daily Advertiser," find in rainwater barrels?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Dr. Rush.

2. Why didn't anyone notice when eight people died in two houses during one week at the beginning of August?

3. What did most doctors in Philadelphia believe caused the sickness?

4. Why was there a stench originating from Ball's Wharf?

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

6. Describe Matthew Clarkson's upbringing and career.

7. Why were the black nurses criticized?

8. What did A.B. recommend be done to curb the fever in Dunlap's American Daily Advertiser?

9. What type of power did the mayor of Philadelphia have?

10. Describe Catherine LeMaigre's symptoms.

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