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 word best describes the leaf of a potato plant?

2. What is Pythopthora infestans?

3. What happened to the man that stole the food?

4. Trevelyan decided that the Irish could be saved via which food?

5. What was often cooked with cabbage leaves?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the cause of the increased expenses for the landlords?

2. Describe the conditions on the ships sailing to America.

3. How did the media intervene in the Brits treatment of the Irish?

4. Explain the basics of the population in Ireland and how they lived.

5. Name some of the things the emigrants took with them to America.

6. Name at least one benefit for the landlord that evicted tenants.

7. What is an "American wake?"

8. The author states that the potato famine had little to do with the shortage of food. What was the real issue? The real issue was that people were being denied access to available food, through the stubbornness of the British to import corn and the skyrocketing prices and almost non-existent wages being paid to laborers. After the majority of the crops were destroyed, Prime Minister Russell finally decided to take action. What was the action?

9. Name at least two of the groups that supplied the most help to the farmers.

10. Explain the conditions of the summer of 1849.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The workhouses were both a blessing and a curse to the Irish. Explain the workhouses, how they were formed, their purpose, who was eligible to go there, what type of work was performed. Also list the pros and cons of the workhouses.

Essay Topic 2

In addition to starvation, many of the Irish were contaminated and contracted various other diseases and ailments. List the diseases and ailments, what they are, the symptoms and cures (if any).

Essay Topic 3

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.

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