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. How many died from the plague on October 7?

2. Whose letter did Dr. Rush find in his old medical books about the yellow plagues that had occurred in Virginia about fifty years earlier?

3. What Revolutionary War hero wrote begging Dr. Rush for his help during the 1797 yellow fever epidemic?

4. Of what type of church was Reverend John Schmidt a pastor?

5. What was the name of Dr. Rush's sister who died during the plague?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Rev. Helmuth write about visits he made at night to visit the sick?

2. When Jones and Allen took Carey to task for things he wrote in his book about blacks, what did Carey add to his book?

3. What did Secretary of War Henry Knox do when President Washington left him in charge of the government in Philadelphia?

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

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

6. What were sleeping accommodations like in Germantown?

7. What was bloodletting?

8. Who Was Dolley Payne Todd?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The black nurses who cared for the sick were accused of price gouging. Discuss price gouging and how Mayor Clarkson dealt with the matter.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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