An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. To Catherine LeMaigre, what part of her body did she feel as though it was burning up?

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

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

4. How many died on September 8?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Matthew Clarkson's upbringing and career.

2. Who decided that a cannon should be fired in the streets of Philadelphia at the end of August?

3. Describe Catherine LeMaigre's symptoms.

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

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

6. Describe the sewer system in Philadelphia.

7. Describe Dr. Rush.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Yellow fever is compared to a time bomb. Discuss why yellow fever is a "modern-day time bomb."

Essay Topic 2

In 1793, President Washington was concerned about the French Revolution. Discuss the French Revolution and why it troubled Washington.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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