Fever 1793 Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe Mattie's morning in Chapter 1.

Mattie wakes to her mother's insistent shouts to get up and her complaints that Mattie is lazy. Then she is bitten by a mosquito and hits he head on the sloped ceiling. The weather is hot, the water used to wash up is dirty and her clothes are too small. Silas the cat kills a mouse that Mattie must dispose of before the cat eats it on her mother's quilt.

2. Why does Eliza feel that Philadelphia is the best city for free African Americans to live?

While African Americans are still treated differently than white citizens no one could tell her where to go, what to do, or beat her.

3. What do Mattie and her mother argue about at the end of Chapter 3?

Mattie wants to take food to Polly's family and attend Polly's funeral but Mattie's mother is afraid that she will get sick as well so she forbids her to go.

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