Fever 1793 Test | Mid-Book 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. What does Mattie worry her mother wanted more than her?

2. How does this new person help Mrs. Cook?

3. What does Mrs. Bowles suggest to Mattie?

4. Why does Mattie have to rewash the tablecloths?

5. At the beginning of Chapter 6 what does Mattie vow never to complain about again?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do some people in the coffeehouse suggest is causing the sickness?

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

3. Grandfather feels that Nathaniel Benson must do something before he will ever be able to amount to anything. What is it that he feels he should do?

4. The business at the coffeehouse has improved due to the fever therefore the Cook family has some extra money. Each member of the family has a different idea of what should be done with the money. What are their ideas?

5. Why does Mattie distrust Dr. Rowley?

6. Describe Grandfather as he leaves on the wagon.

7. Has Mattie's mother always been "a tired and bitter captain"?

8. What has Grandfather been doing while Mattie has been recovering?

9. How does the author use foreshadowing to tell the reader that Colette may be ill?

10. How does Jeannine insult Mattie and her mother?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Philadelphia is an important setting in the novel. Discuss the significance of this setting focusing on its impact on plot and character development. Then discuss how the story would be different if the story were set elsewhere. Be sure to cite several examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

One of the themes FEVER, 1793 addresses is perseverance. Discuss what the novel has to say about this theme. Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas. Do you believe that the novel does a good job of expounding on this theme? Defend your answer.

Essay Topic 3

In FEVER, 1793 the author presents viewpoints on the themes of fear and perseverance vs. hope.

1) Describe the viewpoints presented on each of these themes.

2) Describe the characters presenting each of these themes.

3) Discuss the role that each of this conflict plays in the novel. Then discuss which the author thinks is more powerful.

Support your ideas with specific examples from the novel.

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