Midwives Test | Final 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 did Hastings say about home births in his opening statement?

2. What did Anne's testimony cause the jury to do?

3. What kind of jury did Hastings want?

4. How did Tanner describe Charlotte in his opening statement?

5. What did Anne object to Sibyl doing for Charlotte?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Connie continue to read other entries in Sibyl's journal after reading the one she found the notebook opened to?

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

3. Why did many of Sibyl's clients attend the trial with their infants?

4. Why did Connie seem concerned about the relationship between Sibyl and Hastings?

5. What was Connie's reaction to seeing the word "vagal" written on a conference room board at Hastings' place of business?

6. Why did Connie's reading the journal show the reader that her relationship with Sibyl had changed?

7. Why did Hastings say that Asa could not possibly have seen the blood arch coming from Charlotte's abdomen?

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

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

10. Why did Sibyl refuse to accept any possible settlements that might be offered?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How is Rand affected by Sibyl's relationship? What impact does it have on him as a father? As a husband? As a person?

Essay Topic 2

How are the other midwives affected by Sibyl's trial? How did they react? What did they stand to lose if Sibyl was convicted?

Essay Topic 3

How is the motif of childbirth portrayed in Midwives? Which characters are comfortable with childbirth? Which characters are not? Do any of the characters change in their views toward childbirth by the end of the novel?

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