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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 were the sewers called in Philadelphia?

2. Who was the speaker of the Senate in 1793?

3. How old was Benjamin Rush in 1793?

4. How many watchmen were supposed to watch the streets of Philadelphia at night?

5. In what part of the state house building were the rooms of Joseph Fry, the doorkeeper who died from the fever?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who were the first two doctors called to see Catherine LeMaigre?

4. What was the problem with the French that troubled President Washington?

5. Describe the sewer system in Philadelphia.

6. What did the governor do about the plague?

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

8. Why was Mayor Clarkson concerned about the rising number of penniless people in Philadelphia?

9. What did Dr. Benjamin Duffield recommend be done to deal with the fever?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The mayor of Philadelphia, Mattthew Clarkson, decided to stay in Philadelphia during the plague. Using examples from the book, discuss the pros and cons Clarkson may have considered before deciding whether to stay or flee.

Essay Topic 2

As more and more people died from the fever, Philadelphia was a completely changed place from before the plague struck. Compare and contrast Philadelphia before and after the plague.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the treatments that various doctors used during the plague.

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