The Ghost Map 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. When did Snow's paper on the use of arsenic in the preservation of cadavers appeared in "The Lancet"?

2. How many men were on a team of night-soil workers?

3. During the epidemics of the late 1840s and 1850s, how many Londoners would typically die of cholera in a matter of weeks?

4. In Eyes Sunk, Lips Dark Blue, when was the last time it had rained in London?

5. What did John Snow's father do for a living?

Short Essay Questions

1. In That Is to Say, Jo Has Not Yet Died, what did Sir Richard Phillips predict in 1813 about London?

2. On September 4, what did Whitehead hear residents saying about the cause of the cholera outbreak?

3. Why are the bacteria-driven processes of decomposition important?

4. When and where was ether first introduced, and when was it first available in London?

5. Why was the introduction of ether as an anesthetic import in The Investigator?

6. How did the growth of tea drinkers help population growth?

7. What did the night-soil men do and what were they paid?

8. In The Night-Soil Men, why did the invention of water closets have a bad effect on London's sewage problem?

9. In The Investigator, who was the famous patient who chose Snow to administer chloroform during childbirth and why?

10. Why was the Broad Street Pump popular?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Snow persuaded authorities to remove the Broad Street pump handle. What did removing the handle symbolize, and how was removing the handle a turning point in history?

Essay Topic 2

The author believes that there are many benefits to urban living. What benefits does the author see that result from urban living, and how do these benefits benefit humans and the planet?

Essay Topic 3

Henry Whitehead made vital contributions to the investigation of the cholera outbreak in 1854. What were his contributions, and how did his contributions influence authorities to accept the waterborne theory of cholera?

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