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 happened to Matilda's father?

2. What woke up Mattie?

3. Why does Mattie have to rewash the tablecloths?

4. What does Mattie daydream about?

5. What does Mattie suggest doing tomorrow?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Mattie find when she goes to the market?

3. Why is the Sharp home destroyed inside?

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

5. How does Jeannine insult Mattie and her mother?

6. How would you characterize Mattie's feelings toward Nathaniel Benson after reading Chapter 5?

7. 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?

8. How many people have been predicted to die?

9. How are people who left the city acting differently from those who stayed in the city?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Friendship is an important topic in this novel.

1) Describe the different ways friendship is presented in the book in detail

2) Then discuss the message the author is trying to make about friendships. In other words, what is her view of friendships? What does she think is important in a friendship? What does she do to show the reader this is her belief?

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

Essay Topic 2

Look at the first chapter and the epilogue. There are many similarities and differences between these two chapters. Compare and contrast these two chapters paying particular attention to the main characters. Be sure to cite specific examples to support your ideas.

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.

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