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

Susan Campbell Bartoletti
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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 was the direction of the wind during the famine's second year?

2. People were required to present which item to receive food?

3. What type of food was stolen from an untended pot?

4. What color are the flowers on a potato plant?

5. Which month was plagued by heavy rains?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Peel attempt to get the Corn Laws repealed?

2. What happened most often to the corpses left out in the open?

3. Who else had been influenced by the British government?

4. What does the author mean when she stated "entire families disappeared?"

5. What was the Rate-in-Aid Act and when was it passed by Parliament?

6. What was one of the biggest benefits of the soup kitchens?

7. What was the basic form of the educational system for the farmers' children?

8. How did merchants and moneylenders take advantage of the situation?

9. How did the British government slow the emigrations to Canada and America?

10. How much time did the farmers spend working to pay the landlords?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Recount the story of the Widow McCormack and her children. Who were they? Where did they live? What was their role in the story? What happened to them? What happened to their property?

Essay Topic 2

There are many acts mentioned in the book. List each act that was passed and introduced by the British government, its purpose and overall effect for the British and Irish.

Essay Topic 3

Detail the primary and secondary sources for Irish farmers, including how the various products were created, handled, and sold or consumed. Which source brought in the most money? Explain how a farmer might be able to recover from the famine by using other crops in the years following the famine.

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