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 say is her chief complaint?

2. What type of fruit does Mattie find on her walk back to Grandfather?

3. What does Matilda believe has made her mother so bitter?

4. What is causing Mattie's terrible dreams?

5. Who is Dr. Rowley?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Mrs. Bowles suggest to Mattie that she come work at the orphan house?

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

4. How does Jeannine insult Mattie and her mother?

5. What do Mattie and Grandfather learn at the newspaper office?

6. Describe Mattie's morning in Chapter 1.

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

8. What scares Mattie more than anything at the end of Chapter 12?

9. How many people have been predicted to die?

10. Why does Mattie's mother want her to leave the room?

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 fear. 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

Mattie goes through several rites of passage in this novel. In your essay:

1) Describe at least two events that help usher her into adulthood.

2) Then discuss how these events help make her a "woman".

Be sure to cite several examples from the novel to support your ideas.

(see the answer keys)

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