An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 Test | Final 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. What Revolutionary War hero wrote begging Dr. Rush for his help during the 1797 yellow fever epidemic?

2. How many patients did Dr. Rush's five assistants each see in one day after Dr. Rush's recovery?

3. After Dr. Rush seemed to be cured of yellow fever, how many patients sought him in a day?

4. In Chapter 6 in a letter to his wife, how many patients did Dr. Rush say that he was learning had died every morning?

5. When did Dr. Jean Deveze volunteer to work at Bush Hill?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did it seem that the entire city had collapsed at the beginning of Chapter 7?

2. At the beginning of Chapter 8, what were conditions like at Bush Hill?

3. Who was Stephen Girard?

4. What did George Washington do on November 10?

5. What type of treatment did Dr. Rush prescribe at the beginning of the epidemic?

6. What signs were there that the fever seemed to be gaining in strength and deadliness in Chapter 8?

7. Why were the special committee members taking a risk when they borrowed money to run the city?

8. What did Dr. Rush do when the College of Physicians declared that the plague had not been caused by yellow fever?

9. Why did Dr. Rush continue seeing patients when he had yellow fever himself?

10. What other problems did Philadelphia have other than the plague?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 4, both the state and federal governments contributed to the continuing crisis caused by the plague. Discuss how the state and federal governments contributed to the crisis.

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

Congress was not able to meet during the plague. Discuss why Washington was not able to call Congress into session outside of Philadelphia.

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