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 wakes Mattie up at the beginning of Chapter 13?

2. Why must Eliza go home at night?

3. What does Mattie find for them to eat?

4. Why did Eliza want Mattie to cut her some asparagus grass?

5. Who else is in the wagon with Mattie?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. What does Grandfather want Mattie to do with the money he gives her?

5. What three things does a soldier need to fight?

6. Where does the doctor suggest that the women and children should go?

7. Why does Mattie distrust Dr. Rowley?

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

9. Describe Grandfather as he leaves on the wagon.

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

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

There are several characters who influence the person that Mattie becomes. Select the two characters who you believe have the greatest impact on her development and:

1) Describe each character's actions or beliefs as they relate to Mattie.

2) Discuss the impact of this character on Mattie's life and personality.

3) Discuss why you selected each particular character. What about each character made him/her more of an influence on Mattie than others?

Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

One of the topics that FEVER, 1793 addresses is the contrast between how the city was before the epidemic and how the city is after the epidemic. In your essay:

1) Describe the city before the epidemic.

2) Describe the city after the epidemic.

3) Analyze the similarities and differences between these two periods.

Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

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