Midwives Test | Final Test - Hard

Chris Bohjalian
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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 did the medical examiner say was Charlotte's cause of death?

2. What did Connie begin to realize Charlotte had as she watched the jury selection?

3. What did Connie see on her mother's desk after returning home late one night?

4. What did Hastings say about home births in his opening statement?

5. What word caught Connie's eye when she was in a conference room at Hastings' place of business?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Sibyl sew up Charlotte's abdomen after the baby was delivered?

2. What did Hastings say about home births to make his point about their safety relative to hospital births?

3. Why did the prosecutor put the state trooper on the stand to testify?

4. What does the term "vagaled" mean?

5. What realization did Connie come to while she was watching the goings on in the court during the jury selection?

6. Why did Hastings want a jury full of older women?

7. What was significant about the manner in which Sibyl stitched Charlotte's body?

8. Why was it important for the prosecution to make the point that Anne was an enthusiastic student who did not believe in interfering with birth unless absolutely necessary?

9. Why was Hastings' cross-examination of the midwife turned Ob-Gyn important?

10. Why was Hastings' winning of a motion to review Charlotte's medical records important?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why would Connie, who had clearly lost some trust in her mother, choose to remove the damning journal entries to keep her mother from being convicted? What does this choice say about Connie? What does it say about her relationship with Sibyl?

Essay Topic 2

Why is Sibyl charged with manslaughter? How does Charlotte's death fit the definition of manslaughter? What defense does Stephen Hastings use? Is his defense reasonable? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

What does Sibyl's repair of the wound in Charlotte's body reveal about her? Why is it important in her trial? Why does the author place it where he does in the novel?

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