Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850 Test | Mid-Book Test - Medium

Susan Campbell Bartoletti
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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 material was used to construct the walls of the cabins?
(a) Thatch.
(b) Stone.
(c) Clay.
(d) Logs.

2. How many acres were planted?
(a) 150 thousand.
(b) 1 million.
(c) 2 million.
(d) 100 thousand.

3. How much of the harvest was lost in 1846?
(a) 3/5.
(b) 3/4.
(c) 1/2.
(d) 1/3.

4. How many inhabitants were in Ireland at this time?
(a) 4.5 million.
(b) 8 million.
(c) 6 million.
(d) 3 million.

5. What was the new Prime Minister's royal title?
(a) Lord.
(b) Baron.
(c) Prince.
(d) Duke.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was deposited due to wind and rain?

2. Who replaced Peel as Prime Minister?

3. British Corn Laws established corn as what item?

4. In which county was a 16 year old arrested?

5. The crops were plagued by what?

Short Essay Questions

1. New diseases began to plague the people. Describe the new illnesses and how they spread.

2. Detail the events surrounding the arrest of Tom Flynn.

3. Describe how the blight arrived in Ireland and infected the crops.

4. Who was most affected by the British tax hikes and lack of assistance?

5. Recount the story of Bridget O'Donnel.

6. What was the Galway Act?

7. How did the people react to the change in the weather?

8. What were the weather conditions like in the spring?

9. The Scientific Commission made several erroneous findings regarding the blight. What were they?

10. Describe the events surrounding the deaths of passengers en route to America.

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